Manchester United has submitted an improved third offer worth £55 million to acquire Chelsea midfielder, Mason Mount. The initial two bids were rejected by Chelsea, who are reportedly seeking a fee closer to £65 million.
As negotiations continue, Manchester United is also keeping a close eye on the situation surrounding West Ham captain Declan Rice, who is being pursued by Arsenal and Manchester City.
After facing rejection for their previous bids, Manchester United has made an enhanced offer of £55 million for Chelsea’s Mason Mount. However, Chelsea’s valuation remains higher at around £65 million. Should this offer be turned down, Manchester United is unlikely to increase their bid further and has started exploring alternative midfield targets.
Mount’s Contract Situation
Mason Mount has only one year remaining on his contract with Chelsea, which has prompted Manchester United’s interest in acquiring the talented midfielder. The Red Devils are open to negotiating the terms and structure of their latest bid, hoping for a positive response from Chelsea.
Manchester United also holds an interest in West Ham’s Declan Rice and has engaged in discussions regarding the feasibility of a potential deal. However, competition for Rice’s signature is fierce, with Manchester City and Arsenal also expressing interest in securing the midfielder’s services.
According to reports, Manchester City is prepared to pay a substantial fee of £75 million plus £15 million in bonuses payable across two years to secure Rice’s transfer. They have entered “advanced talks” to sign Rice, surpassing long-time suitors Arsenal.
Given the constraints of Financial Fair Play rules and the need to strengthen other areas of the squad, Manchester United is unlikely to allocate a significant portion of its budget to a single player. Consequently, they are actively exploring several other midfield options to bolster their squad. However, potential player sales could provide them with additional spending power.
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Erik Ten Hag’s Interest in Mount
Erik ten Hag, who previously coached Ajax, encountered Mason Mount when he was on loan at Vitesse Arnhem. Mount’s impactful performance, including a crucial free-kick that led to a victory over Ajax, caught the attention of ten Hag.
There were reports of Ten Hag attempting to secure Mount’s loan signing for Ajax the following season, impressed by his impressive stats of 14 goals and 10 assists from a central midfield role during his first full campaign in senior football.
The likelihood of Mason Mount staying at Stamford Bridge appears slim, as the midfielder has shown an unwillingness to sign a new contract. Chelsea recognizes the opportunity to capitalize on Mount’s market value, given that he has only one year remaining on his current contract. Consequently, a move away from Chelsea seems increasingly likely, potentially fulfilling Erik Ten Hag’s desire to work with the talented midfielder once again.
Manchester United persists in their pursuit of Mason Mount, tabling an improved £55 million bid for the Chelsea midfielder. While negotiations continue, the outcome remains uncertain, and the club is exploring other midfield options. Additionally, the competition for Declan Rice’s signature intensifies, with Manchester City emerging as a strong contender.