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Punters pile on Mata to exit

The bookies continue to see support for Juan Mata to finally escape his Chelsea nightmare before the end of the transfer window.

Last Updated: 21/01/14 at 14:13

Could Juan Mata finally be set to leave Chelsea?

Could Juan Mata finally be set to leave Chelsea?

The midfielder has cut a lonely figure on the Blues' bench for much of the campaign but, if the money is to be believed, a close on £40m switch to Old Trafford is now his most likely route out.

As of this morning the diminutive Spaniard was as short as 4/7 with online bookmaker Sky Bet to join Manchester United after starting the week as an 11/2 chance and turning the year at 25/1!

Sky Bet football trader Joe Petyt said: "We'd seen a few bets at big prices over the last month or so but on Sunday night the types of bets we were taking changed.

"We saw a few maximum bets at 11/2 and ever since customers have been taking whatever price we put up. He's now just 4/7 but that still hasn't put people off getting as much as they can on the move going through, " he added.

It would appear to finally signal a change of heart from the Chelsea hierarchy to the possibility of letting their popular player-of-the-year for the past two seasons move on.

This has led to Sky Bet opening a stay/go market and it's 8/15 that he will leave before the end of the current window and 11/8 that he stays.

One other possible option for Mata as he seeks to put himself in the frame for World Cup selection with Spain is a return to his homeland, possibly on loan. It's 20/1 that his destination is Atletico Madrid as they chase the La Liga title.

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