Mason Mount’s Internal Struggle: The Three Questions Amid Liverpool and Bayern Munich Interest
Mason Mount is a sought-after midfielder, with Liverpool and Bayern Munich interested, despite admitting he has not been up to scratch for Chelsea during a poor season. Mason Mount has paid little attention to the transfer rumours swirling around him, reflecting on his poor season for Chelsea and asking, “Why did that happen?”
The 24-year-old England midfielder is a target for Liverpool and Bayern Munich as he approaches the end of his contract after turning down an extension offer. Jurgen Klopp adores his childhood hero, while Thomas Tuchel hopes to reunite with his former player after taking over as Bayern Munich manager.
Despite the high level of interest in his services, Mount is having a poor season, with three goals and two assists in the Premier League, a far cry from the 21 goal involvements (11 goals, 10 assists) he had last season. This poor recent form has left the 2021 Champions League winner scrambling for answers to three specific questions.
“It’s been tough and I think you learn a lot from a season like this and you can grow a lot,” Mount told the Evening Standard. “Maybe I’m not going to achieve the goals I set at the beginning of this year.
“You look at it like: Why did that happen? How can I affect that for next year? How can I do better? We’ve still got some more to go and hopefully another competition to try and win.”
Manchester United and Manchester City, in addition to Liverpool and Bayern Munich, are thought to be keeping an eye on Mount’s situation. The main sticking point in negotiations with the Stamford Bridge hierarchy over a new contract is the player’s weekly wage, which he wants to increase significantly from the £85,000 he has taken home since signing a new contract in July 2019.
Chelsea manager Graham Potter is desperate to keep one of his most important players – Mount has made 32 appearances in all competitions this season – but admits the situation is far from straightforward. Potter stated in mid-February, “I think it’s always complicated, there’s always negotiation.”
“It’s best I leave it between Mason and the club, that is the best way for that to be dealt with as far as I’m concerned. He’s been fantastic to work with, an important player for us, and of course, I hope it gets resolved quickly. In terms of how the group is working, it’s positive.”
Mount debuted for Chelsea under Frank Lampard at the start of the 2019/20 season and has made 192 appearances for the club. Despite establishing himself as a first-team regular under Lampard, Tuchel, and Potter, he has yet to sign a new contract.