Manchester United’s pursuit of Chelsea’s Mason Mount has taken a slight setback after they had a second bid for the midfielder rejected today.
The fee worth to be around $63.5m was not deemed to be enough for the 24-year-old who has his heart set on a move to Old Trafford this summer.
Mount talks continue after second bid turned down
As reported by The Athletic’s David Ornstein, the bid from United comprised a fee of around $57m with the additional $6.5m coming in the form of add-ons.
🚨 EXCL: Manchester United have today made an improved bid for Mason Mount. Proposal £45 + £5m add-ons. Chelsea countered with £60 + £5m. #MUFC have a limit, while #CFC are trying to comply with 24yo’s wishes. No agreement but getting closer @TheAthleticFC https://t.co/mkyH8rtm5O
— David Ornstein (@David_Ornstein) June 21, 2023
Chelsea however have counted the deal in an attempt to hold out for a total fee worth around $82m, the same figure they are asking Arsenal to pay for Kai Havertz who at 24 is the same age as Mount.
Despite United’s bid being turned down, there is a growing sense that an agreement is edging closer with Chelsea internally complying with the England international’s wishes.
Moreover, United will not keep increasing their offer to avoid paying a fee well over the odds for a player who only has just 12 months left on his contract.