Mason Mount may end up at Liverpool, Arsenal, or Manchester United next season, but Chelsea will not let that happen.
It’s difficult to see Mason Mount wearing the colors of any other team other than Chelsea. But that terrifying nightmare might become a reality if he does not sign a new contract at Stamford Bridge this summer, with several Premier League rivals ready to sign him.
Mount’s difficult 2022/23 season hasn’t helped his case in negotiations with the Blues for a contract extension. Throughout the last year, talks have been planned and postponed on multiple occasions, with the summer now serving as the final deadline for both parties to decide what will happen next.
Mount extending his term at Stamford Bridge is likely what both parties want, but getting there remains difficult. Mount is thought to desire a similar deal to his fellow England internationals, given the new bumper contracts signed by Reece James and Ben Chilwell recently.
However, high-profile contracts are not as usual under the Todd Boehly administration, which is why no deal has been reached. Because these issues have been known for some time, Liverpool, Manchester United, and Arsenal have all expressed interest in Mount and plotted a summer move for him.
Liverpool appears to be the frontrunner in the transfer race, but Mount’s desire to stay in London may make Arsenal his preferred destination. According to the Athletic, Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta wants to bring creativity in a more advanced midfield position, which explains Mount’s interest in the club.
According to CBS reporter Ben Jacobs, the rivalry between the two London-based teams is not expected to impede a potential sale. Jacobs stated in his Chelsea column for Si & Dan Talk Chelsea, “I do think Chelsea would sell Mount to Arsenal at the right price.” They worked for Jorginho. If it makes financial sense for the club – and it will if Mount does not sign a new contract – I doubt Chelsea will stop Mount from leaving out of stubbornness or rivalry. It’s significantly more critical to charge him a price if he doesn’t renew.”
Although Chelsea’s thinking beyond the competition and focusing on how the issue might financially benefit them is wise, the club must simply do everything in their ability to agree on an extension, and if that cannot happen, the club must at the very least avoid selling to a direct competitor.
Major transfers involving two ‘big six’ teams are uncommon, but Arsenal and Manchester City broke the pattern last summer, with two decisions nearly costing the latter. Oleksandr Zinchenko and Gabriel Jesus both joined Arsenal for a sum of £77 million, allowing the Gunners to surprisingly push City right down to the wire in the title fight.
Arsenal’s lack of experience in the run-up, along with some serious injuries, eventually stopped them from stunning the league and winning the title, but it will serve as a stern warning.
While Mount has not had his best season, Chelsea should take note of how City’s naivety in selling two squad players to a team where the duo became nailed-on starters almost cost them a third consecutive Premier League title.