Old Trafford officials have held informal discussions with their Premier League rivals Chelsea in the last 48 hours, with talks centring on the forward’s value and the Spanish midfielder with United holding out for £40 million having instantly rejected Chelsea’s second bid for the 27-year-old, worth around £30m.
However, Goal gathers that United have also used discussions to reiterate their interest in Mata, who was rumoured along with David Luiz to be offered to the Premier League champions as part of the Blues’ initial offer for Rooney.
Chelsea at the time denied including any of their own players in the deal while confirming that their written bid had been rejected.
But United’s willingness to re-enter dialogue about a potential deal only 12 days before the transfer window closes will encourage the Blues in their hope of yet doing a deal for the England international.
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has insisted that Mata is part of his plans this season but their are doubts over how the attacking midfielder will fit in to the Portuguese’s system.