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Man Utd hand Chelsea ultimatum ahead of third and final offer for Mason Mount



Manchester United are preparing to submit a third and final offer for Chelsea midfielder Mason Mount, according to reports.

The 24-year-old has been the subject of two rejected bids from Man United so far this summer.

United had an initial £40 million bid pushed back immediately, while the second offer of £45 million plus £5 million in add-ons was then rejected this week. Chelsea made a request of £60 million plus £5 million in add-ons.

However, United are not prepared to spend in excess of £60 million for Mount, who has already agreed personal terms to make the move to Old Trafford after failing to agree a new contract at Stamford Bridge. He has one year remaining on his current contract.

Talks have been ongoing between the clubs and, as reported by The Times, a third offer is being readied. United are preparing to lodge a bid worth in excess of £55 million, which is set to be their last.

It’s suggested that ‘United would be willing to walk away from the negotiations if their improved offer is not accepted’.

Chelsea had lowered their valuation after accepting Mount is likely to leave, which saw the midfielder’s camp re-affirm to the club that he will not pen a new contract. The Blues are keen to comply with Mount’s wishes of a departure.

Head coach Mauricio Pochettino wanted to keep Mount as part of his revamped team next season, but The Times states a decision on Mount’s future was taken before his appointment.

Erik ten Hag is a key driving force behind the deal for Mount and is keen for a transfer to be wrapped up swiftly so Mount can be part of their squad for all of pre-season.

Chelsea are also set to lose Mateo Kovacic and Kai Havertz. Kovacic is Man City bound in a £30 million deal and will undergo his medical on Friday, while Havertz is close to joining Arsenal for £65 million. His medical will take place this weekend and his move is set to be announced next week.