Chelsea midfielder Mason Mount has been told that he should join Arsenal over Liverpool and Manchester United this summer.
The Englishman is out of contract in 2024 and he could be sold by Chelsea this summer if he decides against committing his future to the London outfit.
Mount is being heavily linked with several Premier League clubs ahead of this summer’s transfer window.
Liverpool are known to be admirers of him but it was recently claimed that he is ‘leaning towards’ a move to Man Utd. It has also been indicated that he is valued at around £70m.
Arsenal are also in the market for a midfielder but they are understood to be prioritising a move for West Ham standout Declan Rice.
Despite this, Tony Cascarino thinks Arsenal are the “best fit” for Mount as he would be an ideal replacement for Bayer Leverkusen-bound Granit Xhaka.
“I look at Arsenal as probably the best fit for him, because I think he can do the Xhaka role really well,” Cascarino told talkSPORT.
“Mason will always get goals, he’s got a great eye for the goal, he’s a good finisher and he will always chip in. He’s very capable of getting ten-plus goals a season, and I think he’d fit well in this Arsenal team.
“But then you’ve got four really top managers – Arteta, Tuchel, Klopp and Ten Hag- they are four of the best ten managers in world football, so it’s a really tough one.
“I would say that Arsenal feels like the most natural fit for him because of the way they play.
“He’s great in that freedom role they’ve given Xhaka this season. To not be a winger, but being a midfielder who breaks in behind defenders and gets in the 18 yard box to get goals, – that’s where mason is really, really good.
“The only thing I’ve heard is that there’s a lot more expectation on Emile Smith Rowe at Arsenal next year, so would he be challenging for that spot? He’s a real talent.”
Cascarino is also “staggered that Chelsea are “not trying to nail him down”.
“Liverpool need an attacking midfielder because they’ve lost some players at the end of the season, including Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, so they might want another one and see Mount as the guy,” Cascarino added.
“Man United have already got an attacking midfielder in Bruno Fernandes, so I’m not so sure Mason is needed there.
“The bottom-line is does he want to go abroad or play his football here, and which one excites him the most?
“It’s not about money, this is not going to be a bidding war for Mason, because of those clubs wherever he goes he’s going to get a shed load of money.
“But it just staggers me that Chelsea are not trying to nail him down. They’ve spent £600m on players and they don’t nail down one of their own? I find that really strange and how they’ve let that happen, I don’t know.”