Manchester United Submit Third Bid for Chelsea’s Mason Mount
Manchester United’s relentless pursuit of Chelsea’s star midfielder, Mason Mount, continues as they submit a third bid, exceeding £55 million.
Manchester United have submitted a third and final offer to Chelsea, worth in excess of £55 million for Mason Mount. This comes after their second bid, comprising £45 million plus £5 million in add-ons, was rejected earlier this week.
Chelsea, who initially demanded £70 million plus add-ons for the midfielder, have since lowered their expectations to £65 million. However, United believe such a valuation is too high for a player who wishes to leave the club and has only one year remaining on his contract.
Mount, 24, has rejected at least two contract offers from Chelsea and currently does not have a proposal from the west London club. Sources believe United would be willing to walk away from the negotiations if their final offer is not accepted.
The England international, a product of the Chelsea academy, has made 195 appearances for the club since his first-team debut in 2017, scoring 33 goals. He spent two seasons out on loan at Vitesse Arnhem and Derby County between 2017 and 2019 before establishing himself as a first-team regular under Frank Lampard’s first spell at Chelsea.
Mount, who has also made 36 appearances for his country and was a member of Gareth Southgate’s squads at Euro 2020 and the 2022 World Cup, has been significantly underpaid for the best part of three years. He remains one of the lowest-paid members of Chelsea’s first-team squad, earning less than £100,000 per week on the five-year deal he signed at the beginning of the 2019-20 season.
The midfielder’s potential move to Manchester United could provide the same progressive passing, set-piece delivery, and late entries into the box while improving United’s defensive intensity when out of possession. However, the question remains whether being better than United’s other midfielders is a good enough benchmark for what United want to achieve in future seasons.