Mason Mount has been linked with a departure from Chelsea
Chelsea should think about moving Mason Mount this summer, but only for £100 million, according to former Blues defender Glen Johnson. Liverpool and Manchester United have both been linked with a bid for the England international.
Mount’s Chelsea contract expires at the end of the se
ason. Thus far, he has turned down all renewal offers.
The 24-year-old wants to be paid in line with the top players at Stamford Bridge. Yet, club executives have yet to offer him a proper contract.
United are thought to be fans of Mount and to be monitoring his position. There has been more speculation about a move to Anfield.
According to Johnson, a decision on Mount’s future must be made this summer. He does not believe Chelsea can risk allowing him depart for free in 2024, but he believes they can get roughly £100 million if a rival wants him this year.
Johnson stated to Betfred: “The time is ticking, and Chelsea must be assertive on the business front. This whole issue with Mason being linked to a handful of Premier League clubs appears to be a bluff strategy to me.
“The longer Mason goes without signing a new contract, the stronger Mason’s position becomes, and the management is aware of this, so I doubt Chelsea will trade him to a Premier League club. Nevertheless, if he hasn’t signed a new contract before the conclusion of the summer transfer window, they will have to sell him to a rival Premier League club since they can’t risk allowing him go on a free transfer.
“In 2024, if Mason’s contract does expire, then he’d presumably go to a competing Premier League team on a free anyway. If he does not sign a new contract, Chelsea may as well bite the bullet and take the money for him, because you’d rather sell him for £100 million than let him go for free.
“The club will undoubtedly attempt and get the best deal they can this summer, in terms of selling him for good money or getting him to re-sign. They can’t afford to let him go for free.”
Mount was suspended for Tuesday’s Champions League comeback victory over Borussia Dortmund. He was also ruled out of Saturday’s 1-0 Premier League triumph over Leeds due to injury.
But, under Graham Potter, he had already fallen out of favor. Mount came off the bench in recent games against Tottenham and West Ham.