The 24-year-old English midfielder will join Manchester United on a five-year agreement worth £55 million, with further bonuses pushing the total to £60 million. The Blues have cleared Mount to have a medical and negotiate personal terms at Old Trafford. Now that they’ve signed Mount, United will likely focus on finding a striker and a goalie.
Mason Mount United reach deal
If it means sealing a deal for Moises Caicedo, Chelsea may be ready to forego millions in profit from the sale of Mason Mount. With his contract at Stamford Bridge expiring after the next season, the 24-year-old midfielder has been widely linked with a move to Manchester United.
The Guardian reports that Chelsea is willing to negotiate with United on Mount’s £65 million value since they have “little to gain” by him returning to the club’s Cobham training site in the coming days. The bid from Erik ten Hag’s side is reportedly worth £55 million, with a further £5 million in add-ons.
After a successful physical examination next week, Mount will presumably join United as a player. He will provide manager Erik Ten Hag with more alternatives in the middle of the field and stop the club’s search for a new central midfielder.
Mount sale may look bad for Chelsea
Under new manager Maurizio Pochettino, Chelsea are reducing their roster by selling midfielders Mateo Kovacic to Manchester City and Ruben Loftus-Cheek to AC Milan. Mount has one year left on his deal, but Chelsea will likely accept £55 million in exchange for him.
Mount will reportedly tell Mauricio Pochettino that he will report for pre-season training and be available for the Blues’ tour of the United States, which begins on July 17. This is according to The Telegraph.
Mount may be content to see out his contract, but the Chelsea manager reportedly hopes to offload most of his unwanted players by July 17. Those who have been away on foreign duty will begin returning to training the following week.
Mount has admitted that he performs best when operating somewhat deeper, in the No. 8 spot, much as Eriksen did in his first season at Old Trafford. This is in contrast to his ability to play closer to the attackers.
“I like to think I’m a traditional midfielder even though I can play a number of roles for the team. I’ve always said that I’m best as a No.8 and I’ve played there ever since I was a young kid,” Mount remarked in an interview in November.