LONDON, England – According to rumors, Harry Maguire might serve as a makeweight in a deal for Mason Mount to transfer from Chelsea to Manchester United.
In recent years, the Man United captain has fallen down the pecking order and is now regarded as the third or fourth option center back, behind Raphael Varane and Lisandro Martinez.
As a result, according to Mail Sport, the Red Devils will pay the defender about £10 million to leave the team this summer even though he still has two years left on his contract.
He may now be included in a player-plus-cash deal to bring Mount to Old Trafford, according to sources from The Sun.
Despite repeated offers from Chelsea, Mount has refused to sign a new agreement there. His current deal expires in 2024, and he is expected to leave this summer.
The big Premier League teams are all showing intense interest in the England midfielder, with United and Liverpool considered the favorites to capture him for the upcoming season.
After Saturday’s FA Cup final match against Manchester City, the Red Devils will intensify their chase of the player as they seem to be the most prepared to act on their interest.
After the uncertainties of the previous season, manager Erik ten Hag has actually named Mount as one of his top transfer targets, and the club’s executives are eager to complete their business as soon as possible in the window.
The cost to transport Mount to United is still a slight issue, though.
Even though he only has a year left on his contract in west London, Chelsea isn’t backing down from their estimation of the player’s worth, which is at about £85 million.
United, on the other hand, values him at closer to £55 million, therefore there is a £30 million price difference between the two teams.
In light of the fact that the Red Devils supposedly value Maguire at roughly £30 million, it is at this point that a move for Mount is reportedly prevented by the necessary valuation discrepancy.
Another question is whether the Blues would be interested in luring Maguire to Stamford Bridge.
They are currently planning a massive purge of their bloated squad, and central defenders Cesar Azpilicueta, Trevoh Chalobah, and Kalidou Koulibaly are thought to be among those who may leave.
When Maguire was still playing for Hull, Pochettino tried to recruit him, but Leicester made a more alluring offer than Daniel Levy’s Spurs.
Perhaps most importantly, Mount’s personal terms are unlikely to be a problem because the England international is well-known to be very receptive to moving to Old Trafford.
Though he has admired the academy graduate’s abilities with both Tottenham and later Paris Saint-Germain, Pochettino is trying to keep hold of him and is pushing for him to sign a new contract.