Mason Mount is preparing to say his goodbyes to Chelsea fans at Stamford Bridge on Sunday, with the player now likely to leave his boyhood club this summer.
Incoming manager Mauricio Pochettino has indicated that he wants to keep Mount but is yet to exert any influence over his future.
Mount has been left in limbo, having not had any direct contact with Pochettino despite some dialogue with the club over the past few weeks.
Chelsea co-owner Todd Boehly last met the midfielder in April but there has yet to be a follow-up contract offer, raising the prospect that he will leave at the end of the campaign.
Mount has one year left on his current contract and Manchester United are ready to make an offer for him.
Their interest is driven by admiration from Erik ten Hag, who tried to sign Mount on loan for Ajax after his spell with Vitesse in 2018.
Liverpool and Arsenal are also interested. If he does not agree a new contact, Chelsea are ready to sell him to ensure they receive a transfer fee and do not risk losing him for nothing next summer.
Chelsea’s latest offer to Mount was a one-year extension with a huge pay rise, but that would still have left the England star with an uncertain future.
Mount is out of Thursday’s trip to Old Trafford and struggling to be fit to make the last game of the season against Newcastle on Sunday after surgery on a pubic bone injury.
But he will still be at Stamford Bridge for the Newcastle match, when the players will do a traditional end-of-season lap of appreciation after the game.
As discussions between Chelsea and Pochettino drag on, Mount is one of many players at the club who have been left in limbo.
N’Golo Kante was close to signing a new two-year deal but his future again looks unclear with his contract expiring on June 30.
Like Mount, Mateo Kovacic is due to be out of contract at the end of next campaign.