Liverpool have been informed of their chances of signing Chelsea star Mason Mount, who turned down a contract extension at Stamford Bridge. The midfielder reportedly turned down a lucrative new contract in order to be paid on par with the club’s top earners.
According to the Telegraph, both Liverpool and Juventus are keeping an eye on Mount’s situation, as he has turned down a £200,000-a-week offer amid growing uncertainty about his future. His current contract expires in 2024, and the 23-year-old has been a mainstay in the Chelsea team under several head coaches. Former England and Tottenham goalkeeper Paul Robinson believes it would take a large fee to sign Mount, even though he only has a year left on his current contract.
“Players of Mount’s caliber are hard to come by,” Robinson told Football Insider. “Look, Chelsea will be desperate to keep him, so they will have to work hard to get him.” There is also a strong emotional bond between the player and Chelsea.
“Can I see it happening realistically?” No. Would it help Liverpool? Yes, a lot. Even if he is in the final year of his contract, it would have to be a substantial financial offer. Chelsea will go to any length to keep him. It would cost a fortune.”
It remains to be seen whether Liverpool can afford Mount, given their inability to compete in the transfer market with the likes of Manchester City and the Blues.
Because of their financial situation Jurgen Klopp’s team does have a large amount of money set aside for a potential Jude Bellingham transfer, and if they fail to sign the teenager, they could turn their attention to Mount.
Mount, a hardworking midfielder, would fit into Klopp’s high-pressing style, though they would face the same concern Chelsea is considering if Mount does wish to be among the highest earners at £300,000 per week.
The Reds broke their careful wage structure to give Mohamed Salah a new contract, but they will be wary of offering Mount a similar deal.
It remains to be seen whether Liverpool will continue their transfer business in the same vein in the midst of such turmoil.