Mason Mount has been the target of intense Manchester United interest in recent weeks, and an update on the team’s progress in luring the Chelsea midfielder to Old Trafford has now surfaced.
How is Mason Mount’s future progressing?
The Chelsea and England player has reportedly reached a personal agreement with Manchester United, according to journalist Pete O’Rourke.
In an article for Football Insider, O’Rourke asserts that Mount’s choice to sign a £200k-per-week contract to join the Red Devils this summer rather than Liverpool was heavily influenced by the opportunity to play in the Champions League.
Even the racing community expressed interest in such news. At the weekend’s Spanish Grand Prix, Mount was duped by Ben Chilwell, who persuaded Martin Brundle to inquire as to whether the England star would be transferring to Old Trafford.
At Man United, who will succeed Mason Mount?
With a number of prominent midfielders linked to the team this summer, like Adrien Rabiot, Manuel Ugarte, and Mateo Kovacic to mention a few, it is evident that Erik ten Hag is eager to upgrade his midfield.
As a result, the Red Devils will have a fantastic opportunity with the acquisition of Mount, who is expected to cost £70 million this summer, to both improve their midfield options and find a capable successor to Christian Eriksen with extensive Premier League and Champions League experience.
The 31-year-old midfielder joined the Manchester giants on a free transfer last summer, and while he has provided some consistency in the centre of the pitch, he is not a long-term answer that can restore the club to greatness in the years to come because he is now 31.
This season, Mount made 24 Premier League appearances and was praised as “superb” by none other than Kylian Mbappe. During that time, Mount scored three goals, recorded two assists, and generated three significant chances.
Although this season hasn’t been his best, especially in light of his 29 goal-related involvements in the previous campaign, he has shown himself to be a valuable asset overall, averaging 1.3 key passes, 1.4 tackles, 1.4 shots on goal, and 3.5 duels won per game. These stats make him an ideal advanced midfield player should he decide to move to Manchester.
It is evident that Mount has exceeded Eriksen this season in several significant categories, including progressive carries (48 v 23), progressive passes received (114 v 66), and successful take-ons (48.4% v 47.1%), according to FBref, when comparing the England midfielder to his positional rival at Man United.
It demonstrates that the Chelsea star is a more vivacious individual who plays deftly between the lines.
In light of this, Mount would be the ideal addition with his unique perspective and vast experience to help United compete easily in the Champions League the next year. Mount could also develop to his full potential at Old Trafford under Ten Hag’s direction.