Newcastle have joined the race for Chelsea contract rebel Mason Mount ahead of a potential summer sale, but will face competition from Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool should the Englishman move away from Stamford Bridge in the foreseeable future.
Mount is out of contract in 2024 as it stands, and new contract talks have stalled with the academy graduate having rejected several offers from the club already, with a feeling that he is underpaid relative to other stars at the club.
The midfielder has been in and out of the Chelsea side since Graham Potter’s arrival, with Mount having started 20 times in the Premier League this season but having been a substitute in each of his side’s last three games, including their most recent win against Wolves.
Having spent over £500m in the last two transfer windows, Potter’s side need to sell this summer in order to comply with FFP regulations, and as a homegrown talent any money for Mount would be recorded as pure profit in the company books.
It is also a reason why the likes of Conor Gallagher, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Callum Hudson Odoi are thought to be on the market.
But, with just 15 months left to run on his deal in west London, the Blues may be forced to sell Mount if he does not agree a new deal imminently, and Newcastle United have reportedly joined the growing list of admirers of the England international.
The high-flying Magpies, now backed by the Saudi state, are keen to add a creative option in midfield and have previously explored a deal for Leicester City’s James Maddison, though Mount could prove a more attainable target.
But they will have to fight off Premier League rivals Newcastle to land him, it is reported, with Jurgen Klopp’s side also thought to be keen on the Chelsea man as he looks to reinforce his midfield following a disappointing season to date.
Though signing a new contract at Stamford Bridge has not yet been ruled out, it is looking increasingly possible that the Englishman could leave west London this summer.