Mason Mount has appointed a new agent in an indication that he will be leaving Chelsea in the summer transfer window, according to reports.
Mount came through the Chelsea academy and has spent his entire career at Stamford Bridge, barring single-season loan spells with Vitesse and Derby County.
But with his contract expiring next year – and Chelsea currently unwilling to provide him the new deal he desires – a move away from the club is becoming likely.
The Daily Mail claims Mount has hired Neil Fewings from the Roof agency as his new representative. The midfielder has been advised by his father Tony for the past 18 months after leaving Stellar Group.
Mount is now earning around £80,000 per week at Chelsea – a figure that does not put him in the top 20 of the 33-man squad with highly-paid player’s. He last signed a contract in July 2019 after impressing on loan with Derby.
The 24-year-old had been hoping to triple his wages, but after months of discussions no agreement has been reached.
Mount has been frustrated by the club’s approach to contracts, given they gave out huge wages to new arrivals, while some of his team-mates have signed lucrative deals recently.
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Raheem Sterling is believed to be the club’s top-earner on around £325,000 a week, while Reece James recently signed a new deal worth £250,000 per week. Mount rejected an offer of around £200,000 per week in November.
After spending on yet more signings in January, Chelsea owner Todd Boehly is willing to sanction the sale of Mount this summer window.
Recent reports have suggested that they value him at around £50m, although his contractual status and need to trim the squad may reduce the fee. Liverpool, Newcastle and Man United are among the clubs keeping an eye on Mount.
Chelsea may be keen to offload Mount a year before his contract expires. The club wants to avoid a situation like last summer, when they lost Rudiger and Christensen on free transfers to Real Madrid and Barcelona respectively.
Liverpool are serious contenders for the midfielder’s signature. Although Bellingham is their number one target, they are believed to be targeting at least two midfielders, with a number of players set to depart.