Manchester United considering shock Chelsea swap deal

Manchester United are considering a stunning January swap deal involving Wayne Rooney and Juan Mata, according to reports from the Daily Mail.

The Red Devils are rumoured to be scouring the market for big additions before the transfer deadline, with David Moyes desperate to bolster his squad after a difficult opening half of the season.

Mata has been on the club’s radar for some time, with the Spanish playmaker having grown frustrated at a lack of playing time under Jose Mourinho at Chelsea.

The Blues themselves are keen on United’s Rooney – player they had multiple offers rejected for over the summer – which has opened the door for a swap deal.

The England international was believed to have been open to a move away from Old Trafford during the last window, and will enter the last 12 months of his contract at the end of the season – with no extension to the deal in sight.

Although a straight swap is unlikely, United may make attempts to push a deal.

It’s more likely that a £20m bid could be made, which will open the door for a similar offer to be made by Mourinho for Rooney in six months’ time.

Mata himself may be open to the agreement, with playing time ahead of the World Cup a priority.

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