Man Utd make Mason Mount transfer decision as Chelsea’s possible asking price revealed after latest contract offer
Mason Mount has been added to Manchester United’s list of attacking targets this summer, with Chelsea’s potential asking price now revealed should they sell him.
The 24-year-old is out of contract next summer and despite several negotiations, a new contract with Chelsea has not yet been agreed. A decision has also been made to pause discussions until the summer as the club looks to focus on finishing the current season strongly.
Chelsea and Mount both want to continue their relationship, however each party has differing desires and wishes over the proposed new deal.
The Todd Boehly-Clearlake Capital ownership are keen to tie Mount down to a long-term contract, potentially seven or eight years, while the England international is reluctant to agree to those terms, however does want a significant wage increase which the club are ready to hand him.
It was reported by The Athletic that talks had been complicated by image rights, contract length and bonuses. However, Mount’s priority is to stay at Chelsea.
Should Mount leave Stamford Bridge though, which would be this summer if they are unable to reach an agreement, several clubs have shown interest. Manchester City and Juventus have been linked, with Liverpool strongly interested and increasingly confident of acquiring him.
Chelsea head coach Graham Potter’s wish of resolving Mount’s future as soon as possible will have to wait until the summer. On his future, he said last month: “It’s always complicated. There is always negotiation. It’s best I leave it with Mason and the club. That’s the best way for that to be dealt with.
“He has been fantastic to work with, an important player for us. Of course, I hope it gets resolved quickly.”
Manchester United are also interested in Mount. Jacob Steinberg of The Guardian reports he has been ‘added to a list of attacking midfield targets including Jude Bellingham, who could prove too expensive if Erik ten Hag devotes the bulk of his summer budget to a move for Harry Kane’.
It’s been claimed that Chelsea could be willing to accept a fee of around £50 million for Mount if they part company with their academy graduate this summer. Mount has reportedly been offered terms of around £180,000-a-week.
Just like it was for Potter in the last week, it’s set to be a make or break summer over Mount’s future. He will either extend his current deal beyond June 2024, or he will depart a club he has only ever known during his footballing career for a new chapter.
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