Erik ten Hag played a key role in Manchester United’s impending signing of Chelsea midfielder Mason Mount.
The 24-year-old is currently undergoing a medical ahead of signing a five-year contract at Old Trafford.
Chelsea rejected three offers from Man United for Mount but eventually agreed to a £55million deal, which could rise to £60m if the player is successful at the Theatre of Dreams.
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The West London side felt they had little option but to sell after Mount intimated he would not sign a new deal at the club.
With 12 months left on his contract, Mount attracted huge interest from across the Premier League.
Arsenal and Tottenham were both keen on Mount but the main competition to the Red Devils’ deal came from arch rivals Liverpool.
After pulling out of a move for Jude Bellingham, Jurgen Klopp made signing at least two midfielders the priority for Liverpool.
Klopp felt Mount would be a good addition, because of his tactical flexibility, age, experience and ability to press from the front.
But, Sky Sports claim Mount was ‘wowed’ by Ten Hag’s knowledge of his game and the level of appreciation that the Dutchman showed for his ability.
After a tough 12 months at Stamford Bridge, Ten Hag will be hoping to get Mount back to his best.
Mount is believed to ‘tick all the boxes’ that Ten Hag is looking for, particularly when it comes to the demands that he places on his players without the ball.
The England international could even make his debut for the club against Leeds United in Oslo next week.
Ten Hag will then look to sign a goalkeeper and a striker, though he will need to raise more funds through player sales in order to sign his top targets.