Liverpool could follow the same template as in the January transfer window with Cody Gakpo in order to sign an alternative transfer option to Mason Mount this summer.
For the last few months there has been a lot of buzz around the potential transfer of Mason Mount at Liverpool. The Chelsea midfielder seems like he is open to a new challenge, and for a while that new challenge appeared to be a move to Anfield.
But now according to The Athletic, Mount’s stance seems to have changed with the England international preferring a move to Manchester United instead. That’s a strange choice considering Liverpool has got the better of United in the last few years when it comes to pursuing the same transfer targets.
However, looking at it with a closer lens, with Chelsea demanding in excess of $105m (£85m/€98m), it simply makes more sense for the Reds to abandon their pursuit and look elsewhere. Given Mount’s contract situation and his dip in form this season, at that valuation there are far better options on the market.
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Liverpool pivoting would be a smart decision. And it seems like the club might already be on that path.
According to Football Transfers, Liverpool has lined up Ajax star Mohammed Kudus as a potential alternative to Mount, who could be available for as little as $49m (£40m/€46m) — basically less than half of what Chelsea is hoping to make from the sale of Mount.
Kudus may not have Premier League proven pedigree, but he is a pretty well-established midfielder by now, who just like Liverpool’s most recent Eredivisie arrival, Cody Gakpo, has caught the eye at the World Cup as well.