The potential transfer of Mason Mount from Chelsea to Manchester United is currently uncertain as both clubs scramble to reach an agreement before the transfer deadline.
Negotiations between the two sides have been ongoing throughout the summer, but Chelsea has already turned down several bids from United.
Sources reveal that Chelsea initially valued the 24-year-old midfielder at £70 million, despite him having only one year remaining on his contract.
However, the club’s stance seems to have softened recently after rejecting a bid of around £50 million.
In response, Chelsea has made a counteroffer of a total package worth £65 million, indicating some room for negotiation on both sides.
Time is of the essence as the clubs approach the deadline. If Chelsea wants the financial aspects of the deal to be accounted for in their previous year’s accounts, it must be completed by June 30.
The club’s recent heavy spending, amounting to £600 million, will likely drive a desire to improve their financial position, although Financial Fair Play (FFP) concerns are not a significant risk at this stage.
Chelsea is also looking to trim their squad and balance the books by potentially offloading players like Edouard Mendy, Kalidou Koulibaly, Hakim Ziyech, Mateo Kovacic, and Kai Havertz.
For Manchester United, missing out on alternative transfer targets is a concern. They are eager to secure their desired players in various positions, not just in midfield where Mount is being pursued.
As a result, it has been reported that the deal for Mount must be finalized by the end of the following week, according to reliable journalist Fabrizio Romano.
While Manchester United will present another bid, they are adamant about reaching a quick resolution on the valuation differences and won’t engage in lengthy negotiations.
It is believed that an offer in the range of £60-65 million could be sufficient to secure the transfer, especially since personal terms have already been agreed upon.
Should the deal extend beyond the specified deadline, it remains uncertain whether Manchester United will withdraw from the race for Mason Mount.
As the transfer deadline looms, the fate of the potential transfer hangs in the balance, leaving just over a week for both clubs to reach an agreement.