MANCHESTER UNITED boss Erik ten Hag is watching Mason Mount’s contract situation at Chelsea as he considers a shock move for the England star.
Man Utd are plotting a shock swoop for Mason MountCredit: Getty
Erik ten Hag is monitoring the England star’s contract statusCredit: EPA
And his long-term future in West London is no longer secure.
Ten Hag first became aware of Mount’s abilities when he impressed as a teenager on loan with Vitesse Arnheim in Holland.
The Old Trafford chief has tracked his progress closely ever since, and given the chance, it is believed he would jump at the opportunity to try to tempt him to the North West.
Liverpool and Manchester City have already made discreet enquiries for the academy graduate if he decided to cast his thoughts away from Chelsea.
Despite being named the London club’s player of the year for a second time, Mount is one of the lowest paid in the squad at Stamford Bridge.
He still has two years left on his £88,000-a-week existing deal.
But the need for the Blues to completely rebuild their defence this summer has seen his contract talks fall down the list of priorities.
The problem for Chelsea is that as he draws closer to entering the final year of his contract, other major clubs are starting to make it clear they want to snap him up.
Barcelona are another of the teams who are watching on closely.
And Mount’s position in negotiations with the Blues has massively strengthened over the past few months.
However, despite the issues with his contract, Mount still insists he is looking ahead to next season with the Blues.
He told Sky Sports: “It’s an exciting time now with the owners being confirmed, going forward it’s going to be exciting.
“The era under Roman [Abramovich] has been brilliant, now we look forward. It’s exciting stuff, can’t wait to get back to it.”