As reported by Matt Law of The Telegraph, Manchester United are now confident that Mason Mount will not sign a new contract with Premier League rivals Chelsea.
The Red Devils are currently holding out on a bid for the midfielder as they wait to see whether the London side will lower their £70m asking price- which they set following United declaring their interest in the England international.
Conversely, the Old Trafford side value the player closer to £50m, mainly due to his contract expiring next year, meaning Mauricio Pochettino’s new club would lose him for free should he neither depart this summer nor sign a new deal. According to Transfermarkt, the talented midfielder’s market value lies somewhere in between the two clubs respective valuations, standing at €65m.
Despite the incoming Argentinian manager said to previously have been desperate to keep him, the 24-year-old has already rejected at least two contract offers from his boyhood club. His decision is believed to not be purely financially motivated, with the Blues having failed to qualify for Champions League football last season- a feat which was acheived by both Erik ten Hag’s side and Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal, who are also interested in the Englishman.
Furthermore, with previous reports suggesting that the Dutch manager is confident on signing Mount, United look set to try to bolster the English talent within their squad this summer, as they will also attempt to sign Tottenham Hotspur record goalscorer Harry Kane and West Ham captain Declan Rice.
Travis Levison | Get Football