Chelsea midfielder Mason Mount’s time at his boyhood club looks to be coming to an end.
The Athletic have reported that Mason Mount is leaning towards a summer move to Manchester United. Mount’s Chelsea contract is set to expire next year and he is unlikely to renew.
Liverpool and Arsenal are also interested in signing the England international this summer. But reports suggest that Mount prefers a move to Old Trafford, especially if they secure Champions League football for next season.
Incoming Chelsea manager Mauricio Pochettino would like Mount to stay and be part of his squad. But the Englishman is unlikely to agree to a new deal to stay at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea have reportedly set an asking price of ￡80 million for Mount. They are unlikely to receive this amount as Mount only has one year left on his contract and can potentially put in a transfer report. Nevertheless, Mount would not come cheap for United.
Erik Ten Hag appreciates the player and would like to add the 24-year-old to his squad as early as possible. The Dutch manager also wanted Mount at Ajax back in 2018.
Mount scored 13 goals and provided 16 assists in all competitions in the 2021/22 season and was also a pivotal part of Chelsea’s Champions League success in 2021. But he has struggled this season much like all other Chelsea players.
It is also being reported that United are about to launch a ￡55 Million initial bid for Mount. United are yet to find an agreement with the club or the player but the feeling is that a deal can be agreed.
Mount is highly reputed in England and being an academy graduate, Chelsea do not wish to lose him. Pochettino is set to hold talks with Mount and the club hope the Argentine can influence his decision to leave.
United are also looking at other targets in midfield with Adrien Rabiot being linked with a move. The Frenchman would come free as his contract runs out in the summer. United also wanted him last summer.
United’s transfer window can be hindered by the impending sale of the club but Ten Hag has insisted to the bosses at United that business should run as usual.
Ten Hag wishes to add more strength in depth to his squad but the priority remains signing a centre-forward.