Mason Mount has informed Chelsea of his stance after Manchester United saw their second bid rejected.
Mount’s current deal expires at the end of next season and he has rejected the three offers which Chelsea have tabled since last summer.
Man United have become the front-runners for his signature and saw an initial £40 million bid rejected earlier this month. An improved offer of £50 million – £45 million plus £5 million in add-ons – was then made but Chelsea pushed back with a counter offer to Erik ten Hag’s side.
Chelsea have requested £60 million plus £5 million in add-ons, with there being ‘slightly more optimism’, as reported by Matt Law of the Daily Telegraph, that a compromise can be reached.
David Ornstein adds that Chelsea are keen to comply with Mount’s wishes to leave, however it’s noted Man United will not keep improving their bid.
The Red Devils don’t want to spend all summer pursuing the England international, but a third offer is expected to be submitted.
According to the information of Fabrizio Romano, Mount’s camp confirmed again to Chelsea on Wednesday that, as of now, he is not signing a new contract.
Former Chelsea attacker Florent Malouda joined the likes of Reece James and Ben Chilwell urging Mount to remain at Stamford Bridge, though it now looks extremely unlikely.
“When you talk about identity, you cannot help but talk about Mason Mount, or Reece James,” Malouda said speaking on behalf of BoyleSports about Premier League Betting. “They both came from the academy and everyone knows how hard it is to come from Chelsea’s academy into the first team.
“As a Chelsea fan, I want Mount to stay at the club, but we also have to be realistic about the market and I want both parties to get what they want. Mason Mount is still a young player that can be developed, who is yet to reach his full potential in football. Even though he has already been successful, I think he can improve and I hope he does that at Chelsea, where he belongs.”