Liverpool have been installed as the front-runners to sign Chelsea midfielder Mason Mount this summer.
Mount is currently locked in contract talks with his boyhood club, with a resolution still seemingly some way away. And as per The Evening Standard, Liverpool are in-line to be the main beneficairies.
They’re not the only interested club, though. It’s claimed that should the 24-year-old become available both Manchester City and Manchester United ‘cannot be discounted.’
Mount reportedly harbours a desire to be a one-club man with Chelsea. However, the Standard report that this wish is now being ‘tested to the limit.’
Should he depart Stamford Bridge, he looks set to land at one of the country’s top clubs. Although Liverpool are said to be leading the race, Erik ten Hag is also claimed to be a big fan of Mount’s.
With Chelsea reportedly keen to tie up some more big-money moves this summer, the England man might end up being collateral damage.
Mount move makes sense
There’s good reason why Liverpool would like to sign Mount this summer. As well as being a quality player, he’d help them boost a homegrown quota that is a little under threat.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is set to depart and the futures of James Milner and Caoimhin Kelleher are under threat. As a result, Liverpool need someone to step into those roles.
Should Liverpool manage to bring in Jude Bellingham and Mount, this would boost the quota in the best way possible.
Of course, this won’t be the main reason behind the Reds interest. Jurgen Klopp has long been a fan of the Chelsea man, calling him a ‘£60m player’ back in 2019.
Others have gone further in their praise, with Joe Cole calling Mount ‘unbelievable.’
This all paints a picture of a player that Liverpool would be foolish to let slip through their grasp. At this stage, it still feels as though Chelsea will find a way to resolve Mount’s situation. But should they not, the Reds will be waiting.