Date: 22nd August 2011 at 4:00am
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Valencia’s Juan Mata is on the verge of joining Chelsea. A statement on the Valencia website read: “Valencia Football Club has reached an agreement in principle with Chelsea FC for the transfer of the player Juan Manuel Mata. The agreement is subject to the relevant medical tests.”

There is no suggestion what the transfer fee will be for the 23-year-old World Cup winner who had been a target for Liverpool this summer. It is thought that Liverpool decided to buy Stewart Downing instead of Mata as the Spanish player was not and out and out winger in the class of Downing who could whip in crosses into the box for Andy Carroll.