England and Chelsea midfielder Mason Mount would prefer a move to Manchester United over Liverpool if he departs from Stamford Bridge this summer.
Mount is facing an uncertain future at Chelsea, with his contract expiring at the end of next season. The talks over an extension have stalled as well.
David Ornstein of the Athletic reports that the 24-year-old is “leaning towards a move to Manchester United and talks are expected between the two clubs in due course.”
Even though Mount is in the final year of his Chelsea deal, the Blues will want at least £60 million to sanction his departure.
The midfielder has attracted interest from other Premier League clubs like Liverpool and Arsenal.
Man United should not overspend on Mason Mount
Mount is enduring a difficult season, like all his other Chelsea teammates.
In 35 matches this term, he has scored merely three goals and registered six assists. These are not great numbers for any attacking midfielder.
Erik ten Hag wants a new midfielder in his squad, someone who can be an upgrade on 31-year-old Christian Eriksen.
When it comes to playing visionary passes, Eriksen is better than Mount. However, the England international is better in the off-the-ball work rate when compared to the Dane.
Chelsea needs to trim their squad this summer after signing a host of players under the ownership of Todd Boehly.
They would not want to repeat the mistake of letting their main players leave for free, something they did with Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen last summer.
The West London outfit will fight tooth and nail to extend Mount’s contract, especially when their incoming manager Mauricio Pochettino sees the midfielder as a part of his plans.
Man United are on the stronger side of the negotiation table and should complete the deal on a knock-down price.
If they play their cards well, they can get Mount on a much lower fee than £60m as the midfielder could walk out as a free agent after just 12 months.