Plenty of football fans are following Arsenal and Manchester City’s pursuit of West Ham United and England midfielder Declan Rice, but fans of the Red Devil’s have a focus on what is quickly becoming a saga of our own – Manchester United’s chase for fellow England and Chelsea star Mason Mount.
As the club follow the instruction of manager Erik ten Hag as he looks to further improve the quality and over all strength in depth of the squad, fans know that we have now had reportedly three bids turned down by Chelsea for the 24 year old 36 capped attack minded player, and last Friday we are said to have submitted an offer totalling around £55 million but it still was not enough for Chelsea, despite their own need to desperately get a grip on their finances given their spending and Financial Fair Play rules.
In response to the last bid, Chelsea have apparently offered to meet in person to thrash out the final details as they are initially sticking to a deal worth £58 million up front, with a further £7 million in performance related add ons.
We understandably, believe our valuation on the player is more than fair, particularly in light of their issues and not least factoring in that Mount only has 12 months left on his contract and it seems that he certainly will not be signing a new contract extension at Stamford Bridge – as it is also being reported that he has informed the club he wishes a move to Old Trafford to materialise this summer.
Now this does somewhat improve our negotiating position, but ESPN have recently claimed that we are determined to hold firm, and will now instead move onto alternative targets, so whilst the offer as rejected, does actually remain on the table, it seems we have no intention of improving it – so any representative club meet would be pretty much pointless unless Chelsea were willing to move.
Therefore, we are apparently now looking at a potential deal for the likes of Brighton and Hove Albion’s Moises Caicedo, Ajax’s Mohammed Kudus and FC Utrecht’s Taylor Booth, if ESPN are to be believed.
It is turning into a typical transfer summer I think, the only things you can truly believe are official statements and a player gets photographed on the pitch.
Image from: unsplash.com