- Chelsea midfielder Mason Mount has recently entered the last year of his contract at the club
- Contract talks have stalled on several occasions and the club is considering selling the homegrown star
- Manchester United is interested in the midfielder and has agreed personal terms with his agents
According to a report from 90min, representatives of Chelsea midfielder Mason Mount have reached a preliminary agreement on personal terms with Manchester United, hinting at a potential move in the upcoming summer transfer window.
The 24-year-old midfielder’s contract with Chelsea is set to expire in 2024, and the club has informed him that they will be open to selling him if an extension cannot be agreed upon. While Chelsea had hoped to convince their promising homegrown talent to stay, discussions regarding a new contract have hit a roadblock in recent months.
Mason Mount’s father, Tony, has grown increasingly frustrated with Chelsea’s handling of the situation and their stance on the matter. As a result, Mount’s representatives have been exploring alternative options for their client. Liverpool, Arsenal, and Newcastle have all reportedly expressed interest in acquiring the midfielder’s services. However, Manchester United has emerged as the frontrunner in the race to secure his signature.
Sources indicate that Mount’s camp is pleased with the terms offered by Manchester United and the club’s plans for him should he complete a move to Old Trafford. However, the two clubs have yet to discuss the potential transfer fee. While United values Mount at around £50 million, Chelsea believes he is worth closer to £75 million.
If Mount does depart from Chelsea, it would mark a significant overhaul of the club’s midfield, as they are also set to part ways with Mateo Kovacic, who, like Mount, has one year remaining on his contract and has declined an extension. Additionally, Chelsea has yet to finalize contract negotiations with N’Golo Kante, who could potentially leave on a free transfer in the coming weeks.
A new midfielder is high on the priority list for Manchester United and their manager, Erik Ten Hag, this summer, along with a new striker and a defender. While Chelsea maintains that they haven’t given up hope on retaining Mount, the player’s discontent with the club appears deeply entrenched, making it difficult to persuade him to stay, despite an upcoming meeting scheduled with new manager Mauricio Pochettino.