Manchester United are lining up a £55m bid for Chelsea attacking midfielder Mason Mount but it’s likely to fall £30m below the player’s valuation, according to the Daily Mail.
The Blues are prepared to hold out for a massive £85m, despite the fact that the England international only has a year left on his contract at Stamford Bridge.
Mount has been locked in discussions over extending his stay at Chelsea for a number of months but negotiations have stalled and his departure this summer is now widely expected.
Up until now, Liverpool have been regarded as favourites for the 24-year-old’s signature, with Arsenal having also joined the race over the last month.
However, the Mail claim that United are “set to commence” talks with Chelsea, and they may well look to increase their opening offer for Mount if, as expected, it is knocked back.
Why is Mount looking to leave Chelsea?
Mount is earning £75,000 a week and it is believed that he wants to be on a salary that is commensurate with his importance to the team.
Chelsea’s top earners, Raheem Sterling and Kalidou Koulibaly, are on around £300,000 a week, which is four times Mount’s current wages and, while the midfielder doesn’t expect to be given such a high amount, he was still hoping to be offered a much-improved pay packet. It seems as though the proposal currently on the table is far below his expectations.