London: Chelsea has reportedly accepted a 37 million-pound bid by Manchester United for their player Juan Mata, although United continue to deny having made a bid for the playmaker.The Spanish midfielder, who will have a medical on Thursday before completing a move to the defending Premier League champions, is expected to sign a four-and-a-half year deal at Old Trafford.

Mata, who has won 32 caps, said goodbye to team-mates and staff at Chelsea’s Cobham training ground on Wednesday, adding that reports mention that United has made an offer through intermediaries working on the deal.

The report mentioned that should the deal go through, it would break United’s previous record transfer – the 30.75 million pounds they paid to Tottenham Hotspur for Dimitar Berbatov in September 2008.Mata has been linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge after struggling to hold down a regular starting place under new boss Jose Mourinho, the report added.

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