Manchester United are planning to make their first offer for England and Chelsea attacking midfielder Mason Mount.
As reported last week, United are keen on bringing the 24-year-old and are ready to submit a bid worth around $50m for the Chelsea man. At this stage, the Red Devils remain calm that they will be able to strike up a deal over the summer transfer window.
Mason Mount deal being discussed by Old Trafford bosses
The two clubs do remain miles apart in their valuation however. According to the Athletic’s Laurie Whitwell, Chelsea value their star attacking midfielder closer to $78m, $28m below United’s first offer.
United boss Erik Ten Hag is keen on a new number eight to help press from the front, with 31-year-old Christian Eriksen not deemed quick or young enough to perform adaquete defensive duties at his stage of his career.
Mount only has 12 months to run on his deal at Stamford Bridge, however, and with the number 19 unlikely to sign another deal, it is likely that Chelsea will have to lower their asking price before the end of the window to ensure they recoup some capital on one of their squad’s star assets.