Man Utd’s Mason Mount Signing Shatters Three Deals and Stretches Risk for Four Players
Manchester United are reportedly considering a £55 million deal for Chelsea midfielder Mason Mount this summer, after manager Erik ten Hag approved a transfer for the player. If the England international does join United, he might be the key to breaking down opposing defenses next season and beyond. However, his presence would put an end to three deals and be bad news for four current players.
Deals with Sabitzer, Bellingham, and Rice off the table?
A slew of midfielders have been linked to United ahead of the summer transfer window. Following a successful loan spell in England, the 13-time Premier League champions have reportedly been told to pay £22 million to buy Marcel Sabitzer on a permanent basis from Bayern Munich.
They have also been linked with a move for Jude Bellingham, who has emerged as one of the top young midfielders in the world during his three seasons with Borussia Dortmund. Bellingham is set to leave Signal Iduna Park this summer, with Real Madrid, Manchester City, and Chelsea all interested.
Meanwhile, Declan Rice is ready to leave West Ham and join one of the Premier League’s powerhouses. And when it comes to his next club, United have been mentioned.
If United does sign Mount, their interest in the other three midfielders may fade. Manager Erik ten Hag will want to construct his squad wisely and may be hesitant to spend big money on a slew of midfield stars when Mount alone may transform his team.
McTominay, Van de Beek, Eriksen, and Fred have received bad news.
Under Ten Hag, the Red Devils’ midfield has improved dramatically, although it is still far from world-class. If Mount shows up at Old Trafford, they may not have enough room in their team for all of their existing talents.
Since the signing of Casemiro last summer, almost every midfielder at United has fallen down the pecking order. Fred and Scott McTominay, the Red Devils’ former first-choice midfield duo, have started just 21 Premier League games this season, while Donny van de Beek has started just twice.
All three players would suffer as a result of Mount’s arrival, and Christian Eriksen, who has been a regular starter under his current boss, may also see his game time reduced as Ten Hag seeks domestic and European trophies.