Manchester United remain ‘calm’ over a summer transfer for Mason Mount despite a gap in valuation for the player with Chelsea , according to reports.
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The Red Devils will submit a £50m opening bid for the Chelsea midfielder , who looks set to depart Stamford Bridge after agreeing personal terms with United.
The Blues want £70m plus add-ons, according to The Athletic , but new reports suggest United are not worried due to Mount’s strong desire to join the club.
England international Mount has just a year remaining on his current contract and rejected Chelsea’s proposal of a new deal earlier this year .
Mount was linked to Liverpool and Bayern Munich but looks set to play under Erik ten Hag at United – who are confident of reaching an agreement with Chelsea – with the Dutch boss being a fan of the player since he saw him on loan at Vitesse.
The 24-year-old came through the Blues’ academy and has made 195 appearances for Chelsea, registering 33 goals and 37 assists.
He helped Chelsea win the Champions League under Thomas Tuchel in 2021 and has been named the club’s Player of the Year twice.
Paul Merson feels Chelsea are making a ‘mind-blowing’ mistake by allowing Mount to join United.
‘I cannot believe Chelsea are letting Mason Mount go,’ he told Sky Sports. ‘We saw it last season with Antonio Rudiger, who was outstanding and one of the best defenders at the club.
‘He asked for more money and they didn’t give him it and then they buy Kalidou Koulibaly for £33m on a four-year contract which works out as more money than what they’d give Rudiger.
‘Now they’re doing it with Mount. He’s one of their own, he hasn’t had a very good season but they’re judging it just on one season.
‘The year before he was Chelsea’s best player. He was one of the first names on the teamsheet for England. Now they’re letting him go. It’s mind-blowing.
‘You’re also letting a very good footballer go to Manchester United, who Chelsea are fighting with to get into the top four next season. You couldn’t write it. How can you let him go to a club that could majorly haunt you? United won’t believe their luck if they get him.’
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