Chelsea Pair Heading To Madrid In January As Replacements For Manchester United-Bound Spain Star

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Red Devils are set to activate the £16m release clause in Atleti star’s contract at the Calderon. 

La Liga high-flyers Atletico de Madrid want to sign the Chelsea duo of Juan Mata and Kevin De Bruyne as replacements for the Manchester United-bound Koke when the winter transfer window opens again for business in the new year, according to reports in the Daily Star.

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Both the Belgium international and the Spain international have largely found themselves surplus to requirements at Stamford Bridge under returning Blues head coach Jose Mourinho so far this season.

In fact De Bruyne, who has yet to even last the full 90 minutes in any single match since joining the west London club from Belgium giants Genk in January 2012, has featured in just the three Premier League matches so far under the Portuguese in this campaign.

Meanwhile Mata has also been spending the majority of his time warming the substitutes’ bench at the Bridge, with the 25-year-old having played in nine top-flight encounters to date, although the vast majority of those have arrived via the bench.

As a result, Atleti boss Diego Simeone is now hoping to launch an audacious double swoop for both players, with the Argentinian already understood to be preparing for life in the Spanish capital without his in-form Spain international midfield player.

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