Chelsea are apparently confident that Mason Mount will reject the attentions of Liverpool and sign a new contract.
Speaking to TEAMtalk, transfer insider Graeme Bailey described the feelings of the Stamford Bridge chain of command in regards to their academy product.
Talk of Mount’s indecision over agreeing a new deal has rumbled on for a while now.
In the latest instalment in the saga, it was reported that Todd Boehly may have to triple the 23-year-old’s wages to keep him in London.
The England international currently earns £80,000-a-week (Spotrac), making him one of the lowest paid members of Graham Potter’s squad.
If the reports are to be believed, an improved package of £300,00-a-week might be required to renew Mount’s allegiance.
It is a lot of money for Todd Boehly to fork out, but the price is possibly worth the cost.
Mount belongs at Chelsea, not Liverpool
Mount is the embodiment of Chelsea, having flourished through the youth sides into an established first-team star.
He has proven to be a pivotal figure for each of the three manager’s he’s worked under since Frank Lampard threw him into the spotlight in 2019.
There is a deep bond between the number 19 and his beloved club, one that Bailey suggested is not going to be broken just yet.
“Chelsea agreed to talk again in January after the World Cup after talks again in recent weeks, and there has been a few sticking points – Chelsea don’t deny it,” he said.
“However, Chelsea remain confident that Mount has no intention of pursuing options away from Stamford Bridge and that he will sign his new long-term deal.
“So whilst it is no surprise that we have seen rivals linked like Liverpool – at this stage it is not seen as serious. However, if in a few months’ time the deal is still not agreed, then Chelsea could have a real situation on their hands.”
Liverpool have been mentioned as one of the suitors peering over the fence at their Premier League rival to see how Mount’s situation is unfolding.
Jurgen Klopp has been damaged by the Chelsea gem in the past, so may want to avoid further pain by adding him to the Reds’ camp.
But we have faith that Mase will make the right decision and stay put.