Liverpool blow as £70m midfield target ‘leans towards’ move to Man Utd and ‘talks are expected’

According to reports, Chelsea midfielder Mason Mount is ‘leaning towards’ a move to Man Utd amid reports linking him with Liverpool and Arsenal.

Mount has been a vital player for Chelsea over the past few years but his future is in doubt heading into this summer.

The England international is out of contract in 2024 and he is yet to commit his long-term future to the Premier League outfit. It has been reported that Chelsea will sell him if he does not sign a new contract before this summer.

The 24-year-old – who is valued at around £70m – has been heavily linked with Liverpool of late as they are known to be in the market for at least two midfielders ahead of this summer’s transfer window.

Their pursuit of the Chelsea man may be unsuccessful, though. The Athletic’s David Ornstein is reporting that ‘Mount is leaning towards joining Manchester United if Chelsea agree to sell him’ and the other clubs interested in him are ‘aware of his preference’. His report adds.

‘Mount’s future at Chelsea remains uncertain, with the England international’s contract due to expire at the end of next season.

‘A number of hurdles still must be cleared — the clubs would need to find an agreement. United are also prioritising the signing of a striker and there remains a lack of clarity over their ownership.

‘Incoming Chelsea head coach Mauricio Pochettino wants Mount as part of his squad for next season, which leaves some optimism for a late development. But it might still depend on the two parties agreeing a new long-term deal, something that has not been able to be done since negotiations opened last summer.

‘The Athletic reported in March that Liverpool were leading the list of domestic suitors for Mount, with former Chelsea head coach Thomas Tuchel — now at Bayern Munich — also credited with an interest.

‘Mount is also a target for Arsenal, as Mikel Arteta seeks to bring in an option to play on the left side of his midfield trio.’

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Ex-Chelsea man Oscar thinks Mount should snub interest from other clubs “if he’s still happy” at Stamford Bridge.

“I think Chelsea have a lot of good young players. Sometimes it’s better to keep these players and see if the coach wants these players for the team. Maybe he [Mount] can come back to play at the level that he can play at,” Oscar told talkSPORT.

“Of course, he wants to play and he wants to play more. I think if he’s not happy at Chelsea, sometimes it’s better to find another team. If he’s still happy and if he wants to try and be a great player at Chelsea, he needs to stay.”