"Manchester United have made a bid in the region of £35m for Chelsea midfielder Juan Mata...United deny making an official offer, but an initial bid has been tabled through intermediaries acting on behalf of the Premier League champions."
Why is this significant? Well, up until now there had been no reports of any official bid being made -- and you'll remember United denying having made an offer in a statement a couple of days ago. So while agreements had likely been made, no formal bid had been tabled.
According to Bond, that has now changed -- and the BBC aren't ones to report gossip and hearsay.
What with Mata missing training today and the Daily Telegraph's Matt Law claiming that the Spaniard has told his friends and family he's off to Old Trafford, it's safe to assume there's substance to this story.
Sky's Bryan Swanson seems to think that the bid is actually £40 million, though the fact that multiple big sources are picking up on this story is promising:
- Juan Mata reportedly tells friends and family he's leaving Chelsea
- Juan Mata misses Chelsea training, according to reports
- Real Madrid prepare swoop for Wayne Rooney - report
- A late twist in the Mata deal as Atletico make Manchester United a tempting offer
- Juan Mata could be a Manchester United player by the weekend - report