Manchester United are monitoring Mason Mount’s contract situation at Chelsea ahead of a potential summer move for the midfielder.
What’s the latest on Mason Mount to Man United?
According to ESPN, the Red Devils – alongside Liverpool and Manchester City – are monitoring the Englishman’s contract situation ahead of the summer transfer window.
Mount’s contract expires at the end of next season, although there has been little progress in terms of an extension, with the midfielder seemingly unwilling to commit to one of the long-term deals which appears to be commonplace under Todd Boehly.
Erik ten Hag faces stiff competition and will need to act swiftly in order to persuade the 24-year-old that the project he is overseeing at Old Trafford is something worth being part of ahead of next season.
Would Mason Mount improve Manchester United?
This season, the £80k-per-week Chelsea maestro has been one of his team’s better performers, registering nine goal contributions (three goals and six assist) across all competitions to make him the club’s joint-highest contributor alongside Raheem Sterling, underlining just how important he is to Graham Potter.
Once heralded as a “manager’s dream” by former Blues star Joe Cole, the 24-year-old is also statistically similar to Man City sensation Kevin De Bruyne, which suggests that he could be an incredible prospective addition at Old Trafford.
According to FBref, the Belgian star is the second-most similar midfielder to Mount across Europe’s top leagues; and considering just how effective De Bruyne has been at City over the years – scoring 90 goals and registering 139 assists – it certainly isn’t a bad comparison to have.
Indeed, this season has seen the two players register similar returns when it comes to goals (four to three), shots on target per game (2.43 to 1.81), pass success rate (75.2% to 71.4%) and progressive carries (78 to 46).
Despite United having a midfield containing the likes of Casemiro, Bruno Fernandes and Christian Eriksen, adding someone of Mount’s quality can only be an advantage judging by his similar metrics to De Bruyne.
His nine goal involvements this term rank him behind only the three aforementioned United players in the Red Devils’ midfield, which suggests that he could add an extra attacking spark at Old Trafford.
Ten Hag will have been well aware of just how good De Bruyne has been in the Premier League, and securing a statistically similar player in Mount would be a major boost for United, while also weakening a direct rival in the process.