Mason Mount officially signs for Manchester United

Mason Mount has signed for Manchester United on a 5-year deal until 2028 with the option to extend a further year.

United have finally announced the signing of Mount after months of speculation and negotiations as the 24-year-old leaves his boyhood club after 18 years at the club.

The Englishman has become United’s first signing of the summer as he was described by many as Erik Ten Hag’s main priority. United have paid a £55 million transfer fee to Chelsea that can rise up to £60 million with add-ons.

Mount’s salary is rumoured to be around £200,000 per week, plus performance-based incentives. He will also wear the iconic no. 7 shirt at United.

Talking to the Man United website, Mount said: “It’s never easy leaving the club where you grew up, but United will provide an exciting new challenge for the next phase of my career. Having competed against them, I know just how strong a squad it is that I’m joining, and I can’t wait to be part of this group’s drive to win major trophies.”

The England international has made 279 club appearances for Chelsea, Derby County and Vitesse, scoring 58 goals and contributing 53 assists. He also has 36 caps for England and has been a regular starter under Gareth Southgate.

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He was Chelsea’s player of the season in both the 2020/21 and 2021/22 campaigns and also played a key role in Chelsea’s Champions League triumph in 2021. He had a poor 2022/23 campaign though as Chelsea finished 12th in the league and his season was plagued by injuries.

Mount went on two loans in his time at Chelsea and really blew up in his latter phase at Derby in the 2018/19 season. But it was his initial spell at Dutch club Vitesse when he caught the eye of Ten Hag, who was at Ajax at the time.

The Dutchman even wanted to sign Mount at Ajax in 2018 due to how much he liked him.

United’s Football Director John Murtough said: “Mason is an extremely intelligent footballer and has so many fantastic technical qualities that will significantly add to our squad.”

“We have admired his talents for a long time, so we are delighted that he has chosen to take the next steps in his career here at Old Trafford” he added.

United now look to fill other holes in their squad beginning with the goalkeeper. They have had an initial £39 million bid for Andre Onana rejected by Inter as negotiations are still on.