This summer, Liverpool should be prepared to pay no more than £30 million for Mason Mount
That is the opinion of Robbie Fowler, who spoke to the Sunday Mirror (16/4; page 65) following the news that Liverpool are no longer in the race to sign Jude Bellingham.
It is clear that Jurgen Klopp’s side will need to revamp their midfield in the coming months. The Reds have had a difficult season. And their inability to succeed in midfield has been a major source of their problems.
The decision not to target Bellingham is understandable – but only if the club targets someone else instead. Mason Mount is one of those on Liverpool’s radar heading into the summer.
Fowler is concerned about Liverpool overpaying for Mason Mount, who is nearing the end of his contract at Chelsea. So, if he is unwilling to sign a new contract, the Blues will almost certainly look to let him go.
Fowler went on to say that he would be delighted to see the England international end up at Anfield. However, he believes Liverpool should be cautious about overpaying for the 24-year-old.
“I’m not being disrespectful when I say Mason Mount is worth no more than £20-£30 million.” “Not because he’s a bad player, but because his contract expires in a year,” he told the Sunday Mirror.
“No club should pay more than that.”
Worryingly for Fowler, it appears that if Liverpool wants to sign Mount this summer, they will have to pay a lot more. According to The Athletic, Chelsea is asking £70 million for him.
That is a high price to pay for someone who will be out of contract at the end of next season.
Mount’s performance this season has not justified such a high price. Chelsea’s season has been a disaster. Mount, on the other hand, hasn’t given fans much to smile about. In the Premier League, he has three goals and two assists.
Chelsea will be aware that Liverpool is not in the strongest position. It’s difficult to imagine anyone spending more than £70 million. So, if Mount refuses to sign a new contract, the Blues must either lower their asking price or risk losing him on a free agent.