Manchester United open talks to land in-demand Chelsea star as contract talks falter

Manchester United opens talks to sign Chelsea midfielder Mason Mount

According to The Daily Mail, Premier League giants Manchester United have begun talks to land Chelsea star Mason Mount who has just one year left on his contract.

Man United are mulling a £55 million bid for the midfielder, but Chelsea value him at approximately £85 million. Clearly there is a huge gap between reality and expectations at both clubs.

Mount has also drawn interest from Liverpool and Arsenal. Meanwhile, talks about his contract extension have come to a standstill at Stamford Bridge. The midfielder has turned down a new deal from the club in an attempt to retain him.

Meanwhile, the Blues’ next manager, Mauricio Pochettino, is an avid supporter of Mount and wants to retain him at the club. The path is not so straightforward with Mount no closer to penning an extension.

Mount recently returned to grass training after recovering from stomach surgery. If the midfielder refuses to sign a new deal, Chelsea may be forced to sell him to a Premier League competitor.

The profit, on the other hand, might help the club comply with the Financial Fair Play criteria given the extravagant expenditure in the last two windows under Todd Boehly.

Manchester United opens talks to sign Chelsea midfielder Mason Mount. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
United are interested in signing Mason Mount. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Manchester United will greatly benefit from Mason Mount’s acquisition, although they only have one attacking midfielder, Bruno Fernandes. Mount can potentially regain his form under Erik Ten Hag, who also assisted Marcus Rashford in finding his scoring touch.

Meanwhile, his future at Chelsea is becoming increasingly uncertain, and he shows no signs of extending his contract. Pochettino will have to persuade him to stay by clarifying his vision for the club.

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However, if he fails, they will have no choice but to sell him, but £55 million seems very low, and we should milk interested parties for top dollar. Just how much leverage we will have given his expiring contract remains debatable.