Mount To Manchester United : A done deal
Mason Mount to Manchester United is a done deal. Negotiations were going on for a long time and it was expected to happen as both the parties were optimistic about reaching an agreement. There was minor dispute between them after Chelsea didn't accept Mount's third bid but it is all sorted now as Mason Mount has finally become United's first signing.
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Mount To Manchester United
United have agreed to pay £55 million plus £5 million in add-ons for the English midfielder, who was Ten Hag's key target during the summer transfer window. He will sign a five-year deal at Old Trafford with the option of extending it by a year. They are also ramping up their pursuit of the Inter Milan goalkeeper André Onana, who wants to move to Old Trafford.
Mount's departure from his boyhood club became inevitable after talks over a new contract with Chelsea broke down. The 24-year-old is supposed to be out of contract next year and he made it clear he has no intention of signing an extension. Mount's relationship with the Chelsea hierarchy has deteriorated over the past 12 months and he will hope that joining United would help him rediscover his form after a difficult year.
The Red Devils began with an opening bid of £40 million, moved up to £50 million and submitted a third offer of £55 million last week. Chelsea's starting point was £70 million plus add-ons but they lowered their asking price to £65 million last Friday. Reports from Fabrizio Romano suggested that United would look to meet Chelsea somewhere in the middle this week.
Chelsea's beloved academy star
Chelsea's decision to sell one of their brightest academy products will cause much debate within the club's fan base. Mount, who has scored 33 goals in 195 appearances was not expected to leave Chelsea so soon. Many saw him as the next club captain after Thiago Silva.
Yet Mount struggled with injuries last season and the uncertainty over his future has taken a toll. Mount is on around £75,000 a week and Chelsea made several offers to him, the highest worth around £200,000 a week.
Mount will always be remembered as the player who spotted Havertz's run in the Champions League final against Manchester City and assisted him to score the only goal in the final to win them the UCL trophy.
Chelsea are in the middle of an extensive clear out and sold Havertz to Arsenal for £65 million on Thursday. Kalidou Koulibaly, Edouard Mendy and N'Golo Kante have moved to Saudi Arabia, Ruben Loftus-Cheek is joining Milan for £15 million plus add-ons and Hakim Ziyech is due to join Al Nassr. They've made almost £200m in sales with Mount's transfer and because they've done it before June 30, they would be able to show these sales in their books of 2022-2023.