Liverpool lead race for PL star at ‘£10m under asking’ as Carragher names two deals he’d be ‘delighted with’
Premier League side Liverpool are leading the race to sign Chelsea midfielder Mason Mount this summer, according to reports.
Mount is out of contract at the end of next season at Stamford Bridge with the Blues yet to agree new terms with their academy graduate.
And widespread reports have claimed that Chelsea owner Todd Boehly wants to sell Mount if he carries on refusing renewal offers with the American businessman keen to avoid a repeat of the Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen situations last summer.
Chelsea could do with the money following £600m-worth of spending over the last two transfer windows and have reportedly set his price tag at £80m.
And Football Insider now claim that Liverpool ‘are in pole position to sign’ Mount in the summer with the Reds ‘in a good position to get a deal done at the end of the season’.
They add that a transfer for Mount could be done for ‘£10m below asking price’ with Chelsea potentially ready to do a deal for £70m – but incoming boss Mauricio Pochettino could attempt to persuade him to stay.
Manchester United were also linked with Mount today and could offer around £55m to see if they can tempt Chelsea to sell for cheap, while Arsenal are also understood to be keen.
Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher would “be delighted” if Jurgen Klopp signed Mount and Brighton’s Alexis Mac Allister in the summer transfer window.
Carragher told the Anfield Wrap: “Mason Mount is a funny one in that people always seem a little bit down on him for whatever reason.
“I’ve never got it, I’m a huge fan. He’s a Champions League winner. I really like him. He’s got energy to press, he’d provide a greater goal threat from midfield than we have from Jordan in that position right now.
“Every top manager who’s been at Chelsea has picked him. Plays for England and I think the club have also got to be thinking about that homegrown situation.”
Carragher added: “If we brought Mac Allister and Mason Mount in I’d be delighted with that. I definitely want us to bring a defensive midfield player in as well, because Mount and Mac Allister are more offensive midfield players.
“I don’t think our problem is going forward, our problem is defensively. If we’re gonna get back to where we wanna be, which is challenging Man City and challenging for big trophies, we’ve got to sort ourselves out defensively because that’s been the biggest problem this season.”
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