Former Man Utd star delivers honest verdict on Chelsea’s “greedy” Mason Mount transfer stance
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The Mason Mount transfer saga continues to spill out twists and turns. Manchester United remain the front-runners for the England international’s signature but they had recently distanced themselves from talks after growing frustrated with Chelsea’s stance.
Erik ten Hag and his side have already had three bids turned down by their Premier League rivals, however, an update from Fabrizio Romano reports that Man United have accepted the offer to negotiate for Mount directly and potentially in person.
Chelsea have really dug in their heels over their £60 million asking price for the 24-year-old, despite having just one year left on his current contract. Former Old Trafford star Louis Saha has weighed on the situation and whether the Blues’ valuation is warranted.
Saha believes Man United’s initial decision to withdraw interest in Mount was the right one and that the Reds “shouldn’t allow themselves to be bullied” by other clubs, but instead stick to their own transfer structure.
“They need to stand their ground because Manchester United is a great club and they can walk away from any player,” he told Betfred. “If Chelsea don’t understand that, then it’s fair game. I don’t believe that £60 million to sign him is justified, considering that in a year’s time it would be a free transfer for the same player.”
However, Saha does believe that the Reds could still land a deal for Mount, as the club could be playing a clever waiting game. Chelsea have made it clear they want to keep Mount on their books but haven’t been able to agree new terms with him.
Now, the midfielder is entering his final 12 months at Stamford Bridge and the asking price has struck Saha as Chelsea being “a bit greedy” when it comes to negotiating his exit.
“They’re probably trying to recoup a lot of the money they spent on players over the last year,” the Frenchman said. “In a year’s time, he can sign for Manchester United for free, so that indicates the pressure that Chelsea’s under.”