Liverpool only wanted to pay £40m for former Chelsea attacking midfielder Mason Mount.

That is according to a report from The Athletic.

It claims that while Liverpool were interested in Mount, they only valued him at £40m, £20m less than what Manchester United eventually paid to sign him.

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Liverpool may have been unable to land the 24-year-old in the end, but they did manage to bring in Dominik Szoboszlai.

As for Chelsea, they signed Cole Palmer from Manchester City on deadline day, someone who can play in similar positions to Mount.

Mason Mount worth more than £40m

With Mount having entered the final year of his contract at Stamford Bridge, it is clear that Liverpool thought that they could get him for a bargain.

At the end of the day, though, Mount was still a full England international, one with plenty of Premier League experience and much more.

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The United man is quite versatile, able to play in midfield and behind the striker, and at his best, quite productive.

Back in the 2021/22 season, he actually came up with 11 goals and 10 assists in 32 Premier League appearances.

Ultimately, even with his contract running down, Mount was never a £40m player and Chelsea were never going to sell him for that price. It is peanuts in this day and age. They would have been better off keeping the Three Lions star for another year and allowing him to leave on a free transfer next summer if that was the only offer they received.

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