Manchester United have turned their attention to Chelsea’s Mason Mount, making an improved bid for the midfielder. The PA news agency understands that United have made the England international one of their transfer targets, with his contract at Stamford Bridge set to expire next summer.
After their initial bid was rejected last week, United returned with an offer of £45million plus £5million in add-ons. However, this was also rejected by Chelsea, who are reportedly holding out for a higher fee closer to £65m.
United’s latest proposal is believed to be in the region of £55m, but it remains to be seen whether this will be enough to convince Chelsea to part with one of their prized assets. Given that Mount is soon out of contract and the Red Devils also need to strengthen in other areas this summer, there is a limit to how far they are willing to go in their pursuit of the midfielder.
However, completing a deal for Mount would certainly help bolster the options for United boss Erik ten Hag in a key midfield area.
The 24-year-old came through the ranks at Chelsea, scoring 27 goals and providing 22 assists in 129 Premier League appearances. He was also a key member of the squad that won the Champions League last season.
In addition, Mount has won 36 England caps and started the Euro 2020 final defeat to Italy. His performances for both club and country have put him on the radar of several top clubs, and it is no surprise that United are among those interested in securing his signature.
If United are able to complete the signing of Mount, it would be a major coup for the club. Not only would they be getting a talented young player with a bright future ahead of him, but they would also be depriving one of their biggest rivals of one of their key assets.
It remains to be seen whether United will be able to persuade Chelsea to sell Mount, but one thing is for sure – this transfer saga is one that will continue to generate headlines in the coming weeks and months.