In response to their soul destroying defeat against Chelsea, Manchester United have stepped up their pursuit of a creative player and reports heavily suggest they are reading themselves for a £37 million bid that would smash their current record currently belonging to Dimitar Berbatov after he moved from Tottenham Hotspur to United in 2008.
Mata is said to be really unhappy at Chelsea after seeing his status as the number one playmaker dwindle to being a bench warmer, all in the space of a few months. Mata is particularly worried about his position in the Spanish squad ahead of the World Cup in June.
Mata is one of the world's best playmakers, unfortunately, the players ahead of him in his position are also Spanish. With Fabregas taking the false nine position, and David Silva and Andres Iniesta occupying the wings, Mata is often on the bench for Spain; though he is normally first in line to replace any of the aforementioned if they need fresh legs.
However, with the the likes of Diego Costa, Alvaro Negredo, Pedro, Koke and Jesus Navas all in top form, Mata's place in the squad is under severe threat.
Nonetheless, with Mata enjoying bigger reputations than all of his rivals and with Spanish manager Vicente Del Bosque being renowned for his loyalty to his players (something Mata's club and national team mate Fernando Torres has massively benefited from since 2010), a move to United will all but assure Mata's place in the squad.
This season United have been very predictable to play against and that comes down to the lack of creativity they have. With Mata arguably being the second most creative in the Premier League after David Silva, Moyes would certainly have a spot for the playmaker in the team.
United's move for Mata is something I predicted would have happened immediately the transfer window opened, unfortunately for United fans, I also predicted Chelsea would make it extremely difficult for Mata to move to a fellow rival in the Premier League.
It might seen funny labeling United as Chelsea's rivals as they are several points behind, and especially after the 3-1 mauling on Sunday. Yet, you only have to look at how Daniel Sturridge has propelled Liverpool onto the tails of Chelsea from the abyss to see how dangerous it is for Mata to leave to United.
As it currently stands, the only world class players that are available for United's troublesome right wing is Juan Mata. If Chelsea reject all bids out of spite, United will be left desperate for someone and may opt for a scatter-gun approach similar to what Liverpool did with Andy Carroll and Stewart Downing, setting them back many years.
Or as is most likely, if Chelsea only accept an bid in exchange for Wayne Rooney, United will gain an exceptional player for the sake of losing their own exceptional player, and further strengthening Chelsea.
In either case, United can throw all the money they like at Chelsea, but that will not change the fact Chelsea are calling the shots here.