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Manchester United have agreed to personal terms with Chelsea star Mason Mount as Erik ten Hag nears his first signing of the summer.
In recent months, there has been widespread speculation regarding the destiny of the 24-year-old England international, who has fallen out of favor at Stamford Bridge during the club’s chaotic 2022/23 campaign.
The key figure in their Champions League triumph in 2020/21, the homegrown sensation made 35 appearances in all competitions this season despite injury problems and inconsistent form.
The footballer’s poor season has aligned with an exceptionally bad 2022/23 season for Chelsea, who finished 12th in the Premier League after recording just 11 wins.
This form coincided with Thomas Tuchel being replaced by Graham Potter early in the season, while Frank Lampard then replaced Potter before the season’s end.
Mount’s contract expires in the summer of 2024, and Arsenal and Liverpool have also shown interest in the Three Lions midfielder.
New Blues manager Mauricio Pochettino was eager to discuss the young midfielder’s future, but the club’s proprietors would rather cash in than risk losing him for nothing in 12 months.
According to recent reports by the Daily Telegraph, negotiations between United and Chelsea regarding Mount have intensified since the clubs met in their penultimate Premier League fixture of the season at Old Trafford on Thursday.
Now that an agreement has been reached in principle between the player and United, and the Manchester club will attempt to finalize the transfer with the London club.
Ten Hag’s transfer plans for the summer are extensive after the Red Devils regained a Champions League spot. However, uncertainty still prevails at Old Trafford as the Glazer family has not yet made a decision regarding Sir Jim Ratcliffe and Sheikh Jassim’s takeover bids.
Mount and Kovacic Almost Certain To Depart Stamford Bridge
Mount’s departure is not the only departure that appears to be finalized in West London. The club has also initiated transfer negotiations with Manchester City for Mateo Kovacic, who, like Mount, has only 12 months remaining on his contract.
The two clubs are anticipated to reach an agreement on a transfer fee for the Croatian international, with the 29-year-old set to join the newly crowned Premier League champions in the near future. During his tenure at Stamford Bridge, the star has won the Champions League, Europa League, Club World Cup, and UEFA Super Cup, just like Mount.
Moreover, it is improbable that the two men will be the only ones leaving Chelsea this summer. Pochettino will require additional sales before he can realistically add to his currently vast squad, which consists of approximately 40 players.
This week, it was announced that the club’s President of Business, Tom Glick, would be replaced by one of Todd Boehly’s closest allies.
Chris Jurasek, who previously worked with Boehly as an operating executive for Clearlake Capital, the co-owner of Chelsea, has assumed the position and Chelsea fans will await what develops from the appointment.
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