Man Utd submitted opening bid for Mason Mount but fell short of Chelsea asking price | Football

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Manchester United will bid £50m for Mason Mount (MB Media/Getty)

Manchester United will submit a £50 million opening bid for Chelsea midfielder Mason Mount, according to reports.

United have made the England international one of their top targets for the summer transfer window and are understood to be confident of reaching an agreement with Chelsea.

Mount has already agreed personal terms with United and the club must now settle on a transfer fee with Chelsea.

The 24-year-old has just a year remaining on his current contract and rejected Chelsea’s proposal of a new deal earlier this year.

According to The Telegraph, United will now offer a £50m fee to Chelsea for Mount and believe their valuation is a ‘fair price’.

However, it’s claimed that Chelsea will demand ‘substantially more’ for the midfielder, with reports earlier this week claiming that the club are looking for a deal in the region of £60m to £70m.

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Mason Mount could leave Chelsea on a free transfer next summer (CameraSport via Getty)

The report also claims that United manager Erik ten Hag has identified Mount as a player who will primarily play in the No.8 role in his midfield, although his versatility will also be a huge plus for the squad.

Mount was asked about a potential move to United at the Spanish Grand Prix on Sunday afternoon but brushed off the question and said,’ ‘No, I’m here to just enjoy this race today. Amazing day. Can’t wait to watch it.’

Earlier on Sunday, Reece James and Ben Chilwell were also asked about Mount’s possible departure.

‘If he goes everyone will be sad to see him go,’ James said.

Chilwell said: ‘I mean, that’s none of my business personally, but I’d love him to stay.

‘He’s my best mate. Personally I’d love him to stay but it’s not my business, I can’t really comment on that.’

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