Mason Mount is a top target for Liverpool, with Chelsea unable to meet his wage demands
Liverpool will have to fight not only to entice Mason Mount away from Chelsea this summer, but also to meet his reported wage demands. Mount’s versatility is seen as an ideal target for the Reds, who are in need of bolstering their midfield positions.
Chelsea have so far been unable to reach an agreement with Mount, whose current contract expires in 2024. He is said to want wages that put him on par with the higher-paid players at Stamford Bridge, but Chelsea has refused to meet those demands.
Liverpool, who are said to be the frontrunners for his signature this summer, have taken notice of his situation at Chelsea. According to Sky Germany, the ‘biggest problem’ Liverpool will face in completing a deal for Mount is his wage demands.
According to reports, the England international wants to triple his current salary to around £13.4 million per year.
Manchester City has also been mentioned as a possible suitor for Mount, with Pep Guardiola looking to expand his options. Ilkay Gundogan’s contract at the Etihad Stadium is set to expire this summer, and Bernardo Silva’s future is also being questioned.
However, City are said to be in a race with Liverpool to sign Jude Bellingham from Borussia Dortmund this summer. The Reds allegedly prefer to spend the money they have available for transfers on multiple targets rather than just one in Bellingham.
Mount, along with Conor Gallagher, Declan Rice, and Nicolo Barella, is one of several players linked with a move to Anfield this summer. And Klopp hinted earlier this month that the club will make several signings this summer.
“With smart recruitment, we will definitely improve,” he said. That is the strategy. It’s one of those times when I’m glad I’m not a native speaker because I couldn’t explain it better in English. You get caught in this whirlwind, which pulls you in that direction. And then it hits you: ‘Wow, where are we?’
“I am not a worse manager than I was last year.” It does not imply that the outcome is satisfactory. But I’m not worse, and neither are the players. They simply play worse. That is undeniably true. We can’t make 24 changes [this summer] and say, ‘here we go,’ or even 10, but we do need to make changes – smart changes – and then we can go again. We have other times when we consider what will happen next year, but this is not one of them.”