The race to sign Mason Mount this summer is heating up, and according to The Athletic, the player is edging towards a move to Manchester United.
The England international is now a target for the Red Devils, and United’s presence in this race has slightly changed Liverpool’s stance on the Chelsea midfielder.
It’s been thought for a little while that Liverpool have been keen on Mount, but now, they’re ready to give up on the 24-year-old if a bidding war ensues.
However, while Liverpool are ready to give up on Mount if United’s interest persists, they do have a backup plan in place.
Indeed, according to this report, Liverpool could go for Mohammed Kudus if Mount proves to be too difficult a target.
This is very interesting to say the least as Kudus and Mount aren’t all that similar as players.
Mount is, of course, best utilised as a midfield player, but Kudus is much more versatile than that.
He can play on either wing, up front as well as in a number 10 role. This versatility will, of course, be a huge bonus for Liverpool, but the Ghanaian wouldn’t really help too much towards sorting the Reds’ current midfield conundrum.
However, with Kudus proving to be quite the plug-and-play footballer in recent years, perhaps he could, once again, be re-trained to play in a Jurgen Klopp midfield.
He certainly has the engine for it, while his technical ability shouldn’t be called into question either.
Kudus is also a very pacy player. In fact, according to The Speeds Database he’s one of the faster players in Europe, clocking in a higher top speed than the likes of Liverpool’s Cody Gakpo this season.
This is certainly one to keep an eye on as we approach the summer.