Chelsea have stepped up efforts to agree a new contract with Mason Mount. Liverpool Trying to buy a midfielder this summer.
Mount has 18 months left on his contract and Chelsea, who are weighing up whether or not to increase their offer for Brighton’s Moises Cacedo, have yet to meet his wage demands. The uncertainty has led to questions over whether talks will reach a successful conclusion and Liverpool, who are planning to rebuild their midfield, are prepared to act on their interest in the England international if the situation drags on.
Chelsea will be reluctant to lose Mount, especially one of their closest rivals, and remain hopeful they will convince the 24-year-old to stay. Mount, who has been at Chelsea since the age of six, is popular with supporters and has been one of the team’s best performers since joining the team in 2019.
However Mount, whose £75,000-a-week salary makes him one of the lowest earners, wants Chelsea to prove their worth. The club risked making one of their most dedicated players feel undervalued. Chelsea are willing to make a bigger offer to Mt, although terms need to be pitched at a reasonable level. Talks are about to resume and Chelsea are prepared to be as generous as possible.
It would not be in Chelsea’s best interests for talks to proceed slowly. Liverpool are monitoring the situation closely and are making plans for a summer move. Mount has also attracted interest from Juventus.
Liverpool, who host Chelsea on Saturday, will be keen to refresh their old midfield. Jurgen Klopp’s side have dropped to ninth on points with Chelsea and are in danger of failing to qualify for the Champions League. Liverpool are also interested in Caicedo. Jude Bellingham of Borussia Dortmund and Wolves’ Matthias Nunes.
Chelsea are also looking to strengthen their midfield and have rejected a £55m bid for Caicedo. It is understood that Brighton, who want £75m, have started looking for a possible replacement for the Ecuador international. But they are under little pressure to sell and Chelsea, who are considering signing a defensive midfielder on loan, could wait until the summer before trying again to buy the 21-year-old.
Chelsea also confirmed the signing of England Under-21 forward Nonny Maduke from PSV Eindhoven on Friday evening in a £35million deal.