Mason Mount 'wanted to join Liverpool' before Chelsea accepted £60million Manchester United bid
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Mason Mount wanted to join Liverpool instead of Manchester United, it has been claimed.
The 24-year-old has now been given permission to undergo a medical and finalise personal terms with the Old Trafford club, while both sides put the finishing touches to the paperwork.
The deal reportedly includes a potential £5million of add-ons which are dependent on appearances and success.
The Old Trafford club are said to have offered Mount a five-year contract with an option of an extra year.
Mount has just one year left on his Chelsea deal, but contract negotiations cooled late last year. The Blues were subsequently keen to comply with the player’s wishes over a potential exit.
However, United was not Mount’s preferred destination, if reports are to be believed.
Mount ‘wanted Liverpool’ move?
According to LondonsFirst, Liverpool was Mount’s ‘preferred option’ before United agreed a deal with Chelsea for the midfielder.
Indeed, Mount’s agent, Neil Fewings, allegedly has good connections inside Liverpool.
However, United reportedly offered the best financial package, while Liverpool are said to have had difficulties in negotiations with Mount’s representatives.
That figure is a huge increase on his Chelsea wage, with FBRef claiming the midfielder currently earns £80,000-a-week.
Mount is a product of the Chelsea academy and has made 195 appearances for the club since his first-team debut in 2017. In that time he has netted 33 goals.
Chelsea are trimming their squad under new boss Mauricio Pochettino and this week alone have sold Kai Havertz to Arsenal, Mateo Kovacic to Manchester City, and Ruben Loftus-Cheek to AC Milan.
Furthermore, N'Golo Kante, Edouard Mendy and Kalidou Koulibaly are among a spate of stars to have moved to Saudi Arabia.
Having secured a deal for Mount, United will now look to target a new striker and goalkeeper.