Andy Townsend believes Chelsea’s Graham Potter would be ‘stupid’ to sell Liverpool transfer target Mason Mount in the summer
Mason Mount, according to the former Premier League defender, is a ‘terrific’ player who would ‘work’ for Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp.
After coming through the Chelsea system and winning the European Cup with his boyhood club, Mount’s time at Stamford Bridge may be coming to an end this season.
He will have a year left on his contract when it expires in the summer, and there are speculations that he may leave – Paul Merson can’t believe Liverpool will have a chance to sign the midfielder.
Todd Boehly has spent a lot of money at Chelsea, but surely the club’s owner needs to recognize the players who have served the West London side well over the years?!
That does not appear to be the case, which surprises Andy Townsend, who believes Chelsea should keep Mount on board, as reported by talkSPORT (21/03/23 at 5:55 pm).
“I am astounded, genuinely stunned,” Townsend remarked. “Todd Boehly has spent hundreds of millions of pounds since he stepped through the door.”
“He will continue to do so if he wants to overlook the extremely good players and characters who are currently present. Mason Mount is a fantastic player in my opinion. He’s unlucky right now, with his contract expiring in less than a year. Indeed, he’s had a bit of a slump. That is something he will have to confess.
“But is he a valuable asset?” Yes. Should he continue to play for Chelsea? 100%. Is he still a part of a strong and winning Chelsea team? I do, indeed. They’d be insane to sell him. He is much more valuable. £280k a week is a bare minimum, and an above-average Premier League player is likely to earn that.
“Whether he’s thinking, ‘you know what, I’m not enjoying the vibe I’m receiving,’ whether the contract talks have stalled and he can’t take them forward.” The only place he’d want to visit (is Liverpool). He’d be working for Klopp.”
UNDER KLOPP, MOUNT WOULD WORK
If Chelsea and Mount are genuinely procrastinating on a new contract, they will not battle as hard to keep him if offers for the midfielder come in during the summer.
So, from that vantage point, can the Reds strike a bargain? In any case, he is a player they should pursue this summer, with Mount reportedly preferring a move to Anfield.
Mount, who is aggressive without the ball, intelligent in his pushing, and has the ability to weave the play, would help rejuvenate Liverpool’s midfield while also doing brilliantly under Klopp.