There has been an update on Manchester United’s rumoured interest in Mason Mount, the Chelsea contract rebel.
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The 24-year-old Englishman is “leaning towards” a transfer to Old Trafford with only one year remaining on his current contract, according to The Athletic’s David Ornstein, who also said that the Red Devils are preparing a bid worth around £50 million for him.
Ducker revealed: “#MUFC set to make £50m bid for Mason Mount (spelt name correctly this time),” in a tweet. Chelsea anticipated being asked for more. In light of uncertainties around his future at United, Fred is contemplating meetings with Ten Hag.
There is “growing confidence” among many at United that a deal for the 36-cap ace can be agreed upon, despite the present value difference between themselves and the Blues, the respected writer said in the article he co-wrote for The Telegraph with colleague Jason Burt.
Who might replace Mount at Man United?
Fred, 30, may not be the only player to be harmed by Mount’s arrival; Donny van de Beek is also likely to see himself pushed further down the pecking order. Ducker mentioned the “uncertainty” surrounding Fred’s future at the Theatre of Dreams amid reports that the Brazilian could be on his way to Fulham.
Although the Dutchman has had a difficult three-spell at the club and hasn’t been able to establish himself as a regular in the team, Van de Beek has often played an advanced playmaking role during his time at United, similar to the Chelsea player.
The 25-year-old was brought in from Ajax during Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s tenure at the club back in the summer of 2020. Since then, he has started just 23 games in all competitions, scored just twice and providing just two assists.
Despite the arrival of fellow countryman Erik ten Hag, the most recent season in particular proved to be rather dismal for the Netherlands international as he made just ten appearances before going down with a season-ending injury in January. According to recent reports, the £40 million player may be among those who leave this summer.
Therefore, the addition of Mount might be the icing on the cake for Van de Beek, who has already lost his edge in the Premier League after surpassing double digits in both goals and assists during the 2021/22 season.
The Portsmouth-born star, a former Derby County loanee who contributed three goals and six on all fronts while Van de Beek was unable to contribute a single goal, was unable to repeat his previous success this time.
The acquisition of a “mad player” like Mount, who has been praised by club great Rio Ferdinand, might provide an undeniable improvement for Ten Hag, since journalist Samuel Luckhurst has previously stated that using the latter man “just doesn’t work.”
So, if a plan to purchase the Three Lions jewel is successful, Van de Beek may say goodbye.