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Chelsea on the verge of Juan Mata signing

Chelsea 'on verge' of signing Mata
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Chelsea are reportedly poised to sign Valencia midfielder Juan Mata for €27m (£23.6m).

Chelsea are on the verge of signing Valencia winger Juan Mata for €27m (£23.6m), according to The Guardian.

Valencia were reported to have rejected a bid from Chelsea for the Spanish international earlier this week but Mata has told the club of his desire to move to Stamford Bridge.

A deal for the 23-year-old is expected to be finalised on Saturday as lawyers negotiate the final details of the transfer.

Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas, who met Mata on Friday to discuss the role he has in mind for the player, admitted that the club could be making a new signing.

"We might just add a number in midfield," said Villas-Boas.

Valencia had been reluctant to sell Mata, despite their difficult financial situation.

Mata, who scored nine goals in forty three appearances for Valencia last season, rejected a move to Tottenham earlier this summer.

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