Manchester United’s £40 million bid for Mason Mount, who plays for Chelsea, has been rejected. The manager of Manchester United, Erik ten Hag, believes that the 24-year-old midfielder would be a valuable addition to his team’s attacking options. However, United is sceptical about Chelsea’s £70 million valuation of Mount, especially considering that he has only one year remaining on his contract.
Despite the initial rejection, Manchester United is expected to make another offer for Mount. However, they are being cautious about their overall transfer budget for the summer. Due to financial considerations, it is highly unlikely that Manchester United will be able to secure the services of Harry Kane, the 29-year-old English striker from Tottenham, for £100 million.
While Ten Hag has prioritised signing a new striker, he is also interested in Mount due to his ability to play in advanced positions. Mount’s journey in football began at the age of six, when he joined Chelsea’s academy. He then had loan spells at Vitesse Arnhem in the Netherlands and Derby County before making his debut for Chelsea’s first team in August 2019.
Mount enjoyed three seasons as a regular starter for Chelsea and played a crucial role in their Champions League triumph in the 2020–2021 season. However, his number of Premier League starts dropped to 20 in the 2022–2023 season, and he also missed the end of the season due to injury. So far, he has scored 33 goals in 195 appearances for Chelsea.
Chelsea has been engaged in contract negotiations with Mount throughout the past season. However, the club’s significant spending of £600 million in the past two transfer windows has raised concerns about financial fair play, compelling them to sell players before June 30th.
Mason Mount made his senior debut for the England national team in September 2019 and played a crucial role in their journey to the final of Euro 2020, which was ultimately played in 2021. Currently, he has five goals from 36 appearances for the national team.