It’s going to be a big summer for the futures of many Chelsea players who the club will have to decide whether to keep or sell.
Mason Mount, a Chelsea academy graduate, is one of those stars who could be leaving the club ahead of next season should a new contract not be agreed.
The 24-year-old is out of contract next summer and has been locked in talks over a new deal since last summer but nothing has yet been agreed with Chelsea.
As reported by The Athletic, talks have now been paused until the end of the season as Chelsea look to focus on finishing the season strongly following a poor run of form – two wins from 17 in all competitions – before resuming discussions.
Last week, head coach Graham Potter asked for the Chelsea hierarchy to resolve the talks, described as ‘complicated’, as soon as possible.
He said: “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.”
Mount wants a significant pay-rise from his £80,000-a-week wages, with his exact desired terms not fully clear. Co-owner Todd Boehly was handling talks, wanting to hand him a seven-year contract which the England international is reluctant to agree to.
It has seen Liverpool express interest and monitor his situation ahead of a possible swoop this summer should they decide to act on their admiration as they look to bolster their midfield. Manchester City and Manchester United are also keeping tabs on Mount’s situation at Stamford Bridge.
Jurgen Klopp’s side are also interested in Borussia Dortmund midfielder Jude Bellingham this summer.
Former goalkeeper David James believes Mount should be questioning his future in the capital due to the sheer number of signings made, and believes a midfield duo of Mount and Bellingham could be the starting of ‘something special’ at Anfield if they were to complete a transfer.
“I’m a big fan of Mason Mount,” James told GGRecon. “If you’re Mason Mount or Ruben Loftus-Cheek, prior to the transfer window at Chelsea, then you’d be questioning your longevity at the club, due to the number of signings that the club has made.
“It’s nothing to do with Graham Potter. I did my pro license with him and he’s a fantastic manager and a fantastic person, but I just believe that there’s a lot of players that have come in for a lot of money and then there will be players at the club who were there before the transfer transfer window, who would have believed they’d be at Chelsea for the rest of their career, like Mason Mount, but will now be starting to question whether that’s the case.
“If Liverpool are interested in him, then the prospect of Mason Mount and Jude Bellingham in Liverpool’s midfield would be something special I think.”