Man Utd willing to walk away from Mount transfer if third bid rejected


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Manchester United will make a third bid for Mason Mount worth around £55m – but will end their pursuit if Chelsea reject that offer.

They have had two bids rejected – the latest worth £50m including add-ons. It is thought Chelsea want closer to £65m, but United have a limit which they will not go beyond for a player who only has one year left on his contract.

United retain an interest in West Ham captain Declan Rice and there have been discussions internally about how possible it would be to sanction a deal.

Man City and Arsenal are also interested in Rice, with Sky in Italy reporting City are prepared to pay £75m + £15m in bonuses payable across two years for the midfielder. Reporter Gianluca Di Marzio added on Thursday evening that Rice is getting closer to a City move and there is confidence an agreement can be made.

Due to Financial Fair Play rules, it’s unlikely United could spend a huge portion of their budget on one player – especially as they have other areas they want to strengthen.

For that reason, they are looking at a number of other options in midfield. Potential sales of players would, however, increase their spending power.

Why Man Utd want Mount

Mason Mount

Erik ten Hag first bumped into Mount when he was Ajax head coach. On loan at Vitesse Arnhem, the 18-year-old’s free-kick led to his side’s third goal as they beat Ajax 3-2 in March 2018.

Ten Hag, then in charge of just his eighth game at Ajax, reportedly tried to sign Mount for the Dutch club on loan from Chelsea the following season. Fourteen goals and 10 assists in his first full campaign of senior football, largely from central midfield, had caught Ten Hag’s attention.

The likelihood of Mount staying at Stamford Bridge is remote with the midfielder unwilling to sign a new deal. Chelsea know this is the time to cash in on a player who has just one year left on his contract.

Ten Hag, it seems, could be about to get his man.

‘Mount expected to join Man Utd sooner or later’

Sky Sports News reporter Mark McAdam on the Transfer Show:

“Manchester United are expected to go in with a third bid for Mason Mount because they are keen on the player. But they are also monitoring other midfielders, so it doesn’t mean Mount is the only midfielder United are interested in.

“Chelsea want around £65m for a player who has come through their academy and the set-up there. He looked at one stage to be the future at Stamford Bridge, so you can understand why United want him.

“At the minute though, it’s a case of Chelsea holding off until they get the amount they want. But you would expect Mount to be a Manchester United player by the end of the window.”

‘Mount and Man Utd a match made in heaven’

Sky Sports News reporter James Savundra on the Transfer Show:

“If we had this conversation a year ago, I think Mason Mount would have probably said he would want to spend the rest of his career at Chelsea, but his contract talks simply haven’t gone the way Mount and his camp would have hoped.

“He wants to be paid a similar amount to the highest-earners at Chelsea considering what he’s already done at the club, but that’s not been the case and Chelsea’s offer is very different from what Mount is after.

“Mount is now ready for another challenge and I think this could be a match made in heaven when you look at what Manchester United have been lacking this season. When they were missing Casemiro through suspension and lost Christian Eriksen through injury they really suffered. Mount has similar qualities to Eriksen but offers more legs in midfield, both going forward and defensively.

“Forget about what happened last season, Manchester United are getting a proven performer and great character.”

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