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Revealed: The contract Chelsea verbally agreed with Mason Mount before pulling prior to Man United switch



After months of speculation, Mason Mount has finally signed for Manchester United, leaving Chelsea in the process.

Following a transfer saga which has spanned across several months, the 24-year-old has put pen to paper at Old Trafford signing a five-year-deal, with the option to extend a further year included in his contract, in a deal worth £60 million.

With Mount being contracted at Stamford Bridge until 2024, speculation of a breakdown in negotiations of an extension between the player and the club surfaced earlier this year.

Mount was a key fixture in Chelsea‘s squad over the past four seasons after his promotion into the first-team, however a poor run of form, as well as battles against fitness, sparked uncertainty over the midfielder’s commitment to the Blues.

Despite this, according to reports, the Englishman’s intention wasn’t always to depart from his boyhood club this summer.

As revealed by The Athletic, Chelsea had reached a verbal agreement with Mount on a long-term deal prior to the World Cup in Qatar, with their star man set to commit his future to the club.

However, the offer was soon pulled off the table a couple months later in January, with an alternative formal one-year extension presented to Mount in February.

After months of uncertainty, coinciding with growing frustration on the player’s side of proceedings, Mount began to feel ‘unwanted’ by the club he had represented from the age of six.

With Premier League rivals alerted to the midfielders disgruntlement, the likes of Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur, Newcastle United, Arsenal and Liverpool all made attempts to land the signature of the Champions League winner.

However, as confirmed on July 5, Mount’s destination was to be the red side of Manchester to join Erik ten Hag’s side.

Mount will earn around £200,000-a-week, according to The Athletic, with bonuses potentially increasing it up to £250,000-a-week, around the same ballpark as what Chelsea offered.

Upon signing, Mount, who will take the number seven shirt, said: “It’s never easy leaving the club where you grew up, but Manchester United will provide an exciting new challenge for the next phase of my career. Having competed against them, I know just how strong a squad it is that I’m joining, and I can’t wait to be part of this group’s drive to win major trophies.”

Chelsea’s former number 19 made 195 appearances for the club, scoring 33 and assisting 37 times. He was also Chelsea’s Player of the Season in their Champions League winning campaign in 2020/21.

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