Mason Mount has yet to commit his long-term future to Chelsea, so the midfielder is expected to be available for a bargain in the summer
Todd Boehly has been warned by Danny Murphy that Chelsea will not be able to demand silly money’ for Mason Mount this summer. After entering the final 13 months of his contract, the 24-year-old midfielder has been heavily linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge.
According to football.london, negotiations with Mount over an extension have been difficult thus far, with the proposed length of the contract and wage package proving to be an issue. Despite nearly 200 appearances for the club, he is far from one of the top earners in west London.
If neither party can agree on a new contract, the Cobham graduate will be free to leave the Blues in June 2024. Mount is said to be available for a reduced fee between now and then, and some top clubs are already hoping to strike a deal.
Football.london understands that Liverpool have long admired Mount, and that Manchester City and Manchester United are keeping an eye on his situation. Chelsea are also under Financial Fair Play (FFP) regulations after spending over £500 million on player signings alone this season, so they don’t appear to have much negotiating power over the England international’s fee.
Danny Murphy claimed on talkSPORT that Mount will be a wise summer acquisition, steering the midfielder towards Anfield. “I think they [Liverpool] need two or three [new midfield players,” the former Liverpool star said.
[Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain] will leave, as will [James] Milner and [Naby] Keita. Mount would be a good buy because he still has a year left on his contract. You won’t have to pay silly money for him.”
Jurgen Klopp appeared to concede defeat in the race to sign Jude Bellingham earlier this month, with Borussia Dortmund expected to demand a fee in excess of £100 million for the teenager. “To be honest, there’s nothing to say about it,” the German said ahead of Liverpool’s match against Leeds.
“If we don’t talk about players we sign or don’t sign, why would we now talk about this kind of speculation and news?” There isn’t much to say about it.
“It’s not about Jude Bellingham anymore, my answer is – why do we keep talking about things we theoretically can’t have?” Everyone would agree that we cannot have six players for £100 million [each] in the summer.
“You have to recognize your abilities and then work with them.” How much money do we have, and how will we use it? We are not youngsters.
“If you ask a five-year-old what they want for Christmas and they say a Ferrari, you wouldn’t think it’s a good idea because it’s too expensive and you can’t drive it.” What you can do, you do, and then you work with that.
“This is how I’ve always worked. Whatever we require or desire, we will go to any length to obtain it. You must accept that this or that is not an option for us. We’ll take a break and do something else.”