Chelsea’s asking price has been set, with Liverpool holding “significant conversations” about a deal for Mason Mount, including contract talks
Mount’s name, along with Jude Bellingham’s, has been strongly linked to Liverpool ahead of the summer transfer window.
Earlier this week, football.london’s Bobby Vincent reported that Liverpool had a “serious possibility” of signing the 24-year-old.
He also claimed the move could be a “bargain.”
Given that Mount is entering the final year of his contract, it is reasonable to expect the price to be reduced. A new report from The Athletic, however, suggests otherwise.
According to a piece by Simon Johnson and Rafa Honigstein, the outlet “has been told that significant conversations have taken place over a potential move.”
According to reports, Liverpool is “already considering what kind of contract they could offer to persuade the player to join them.”
The report goes on to say that Chelsea “would still seek £70 million, despite the fact that he is entering the final year of his contract.”
However, The Athletic adds that whether that is feasible “remains to be seen.”
Liverpool are widely reported to be the front-runners to sign the midfielder, despite the fact that other top clubs have been monitoring his situation since last summer.
However, there may be a new competitor in the form of Bayern Munich’s new manager, Thomas Tuchel, who is said to have enjoyed working with Mount at Chelsea.
According to The Athletic, “if the German felt there was a chance of reuniting with him, it would actually be more surprising if he chose not to pursue it.”
The report does, however, state that “the structure in place at Bayern tends to dictate that it is the recruitment team who usually identify the players they pursue.”
Contract talks have not progressed at Chelsea, and when asked if he would like Mount to stay at Chelsea beyond this season, manager Graham Potter said, “Yes, but I am not naive.”
“I have strong feelings for Mason. First and foremost, he is a wonderful person, but these things do happen.
“They’re just complicated, and it’s best if I stay out of it and let them figure out what’s best for both parties.”
Liverpool and Mount’s paths will cross sooner than later, as the Reds travel to Stamford Bridge to face Chelsea on April 4.