Manchester United are launching a £55million swoop for Chelsea forward Mason Mount.
The England international, who missed the final weeks of the season through injury, is a primary target for Erik ten Hag heading into the summer transfer window and the United boss wants a deal wrapped up quickly.
Mount is entering the final year of his contract at Stamford Bridge with his future under increasing uncertainty.
Old Trafford sources have indicated that talks over a move for the 24-year-old are set to commence.
United want to pay in the region of £55m for Mount, a price that falls way below Chelsea’s £85m valuation.
Manchester United are preparing to launch a £55million bid for Chelsea star Mason Mount
Several Premier League clubs including Liverpool are looking to take advantage of the 24-year-old’s contract impasse at Stamford Bridge, with Mount understood to be after a pay rise
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United may be prepared to increase their initial valuation of Mount given Ten Hag’s determination to add the attacker to his ranks next season.
But the intention from United to sign Mount this summer is clear, with the Blues academy graduate’s future set to become one of the sagas of the close season.
In addition to United, Arsenal are also interested in Mount as Mikel Arteta looks to build on his team’s second-placed finish this season.
Liverpool are also actively pursuing a deal for Mount as Jurgen Klopp seeks to rebuild his midfield after a difficult season.
Incoming Chelsea boss Mauricio Pochettino is a huge admirer of Mount and – in an ideal world – would prefer him to sign a new contract.
Mount would become a key player for Pochettino, who has admired the attacking midfielder from a distance for a number of years.
Red Devils boss Erik ten Hag will hope to close the gap between his side and newly-crowned Premier League champions Manchester City following a fruitful transfer window this summer
Mount has endured a difficult season at Chelsea with his side destined for a bottom-half finish
However, as it stands, there is significant doubt over whether Chelsea can successfully revive talks with Mount over a new contract.
Chelsea’s American owners have spent £600million on new players in the previous two transfer windows but have not prioritised a new deal for Mount.
Indeed, with the prospect of losing Mount for nothing next year now looming large – Chelsea will likely look to sell the player this summer rather than risk him leaving on a free transfer.