Manchester United fans were delighted when word broke that personal terms had been reached with Mason Mount.
The truth is that agreeing on personal terms in negotiations is rarely an issue at Old Trafford, so fans should avoid getting ahead of themselves until Manchester United and Chelsea have agreed on a transfer sum.
There are definitely exceptions to that general pattern, such as last summer when a cost of £15 million was agreed upon with Juventus to sign Adrien Rabiot, whose salary demands were regarded too high, but that is usually the case.
The most typical stumbling block in deals is a disagreement over a player’s price, and there was rumors at the start of the year that Chelsea wanted more than £70 million for Mount, which would be overpaying.
Mason Mount is 24 years old, an England international, and his ceiling has yet to be achieved. However, his contract expires in the summer of 2024, which has been considered into the cost football director John Murtough is willing to pay for him.
The midfielder is keen to move to Manchester, and United submitted a second offer of up to £50 million for Mount this week, a proposal in which they would pay an initial £45 million price, plus an additional £5 million.
Arsenal are expected to sign Kai Havertz from Chelsea in a deal worth roughly £65 million, despite the player’s contract at Stamford Bridge expiring in 2025.
Chelsea set a precedent with the Kai Havertz sale, which United could utilize to their advantage in their ongoing negotiations for Mount, as they shouldn’t be expected to pay the same sum for a player with a year left on his contract.
German international Kai Havertz and Mason Mount are both the same age, so there shouldn’t be much of a price difference between them. However, one player has two years left on his Chelsea contract, while the other is free to leave the club after this season.
Since Mount would add some much-needed energy to Erik ten Hag‘s midfield, it would appear that a bid of an initial £50 million plus add-ons would be fair market value for him.
After a terrible and absurd first season in charge, Todd Boehly, the owner of Chelsea, has stepped back from the organization, yet even he couldn’t screw up the agreement. A £50 million fee is realistic considering the player wants to leave.
Ten Hag likes Mount’s versatility in midfield. Christian Eriksen appeared to be short on legs throughout the campaign’s early stages, and he can’t press as hard as the Cobham graduate.
Eriksen made 13 Premier League starts in 2023, but only played a whole game once (against Arsenal in January). In addition, he’s only played more than 80 minutes in the league four times in the last six months.
Ten Hag has carefully managed him, knowing his understandable physical limits. After all, this is someone who miraculously survived a heart arrest two years ago to continue playing football.
Mount would be a great signing, and it will be interesting to see how he evolves under Ten Hag. Luke Shaw recently stated that the management had “taken him to a new level,” which was a great recommendation.
The midfielder ought to succeed at United and could become the club’s first signing of the summer transfer season.