Stamford Bridge side capture Spanish international.
Spanish club Valencia have said they have reached an agreement in principle to sell Juan Mata to Chelsea.
The deal is subject to a medical, with reports suggesting the 23-year-old could join for the Blues for £23.5m.
A statement on the Valencia website said: “Valencia has reached an agreement in principle with Chelsea for the transfer of the player Juan Mata.”
After Chelsea’s 2-1 win over West Brom, boss Andre Villas-Boas said: “He can add to any squad in the world.”
Mata has been at Valencia since 2007 and as captain helped Spain win the Under-21 European Championship in the summer. He was also part of Spain’s 2010 World Cup winning squad.
Villas-Boas has previously spoken of the need to recruit more midfielders and the club have also made bids for Tottenham’s Luka Modric.
SOURCE: BBC Sport
Having seen Chelsea struggle to break down both Stoke City and West Brom in their opening two matches of the season it appears that Andre Villas-Boas has agreed a deal to bring talented Spanish international Juan Mata to the club. Thus far this summer the Stamford Bridge boss has only made one high profile signing, the capture of Romelu Lukaku from Anderlecht earlier this month.
23 year old Mata is an adaptable player who can play as an orthodox striker but has been most effective of late playing out wide. The Valencia man has good pace and is able to beat his man and has an eye for goal.
Given the ageing nature of a number of Chelsea’s attacking options, Didier Drogba, Frank Lampard, Florent Malouda, Nicolas Anelka and Yossi Benayoun are all 30 years of age and over, therefore it makes sense to bring in younger options to help build for the future.
Mata has notched up over 170 appearances for the Mestalla side and will be a very useful addition to the Blues side.