Liverpool have been given two reasons why they should not sign a striker whose Chelsea future is increasingly uncertain.
As an academy graduate, the common consensus has long been that Mason Mount is destined to remain at Stamford Bridge for the long term. However, according to recent reports, doubts are growing about whether this scenario will happen.
The 23-year-old remains a key cog in everything Chelsea go ahead Although he hasn’t enjoyed his best season so far this year, he still has four goals in the Premier League and four assists in the Champions League.
Mount is currently on international duty with England, where his place in the round of 16 against Senegal is under threat. Marcus Rashford and Phil Foden are pushing for starts after finding the net three times against Wales.
Mount’s situation at club level is also clouded, with the Daily Mail recently reporting a the contract extension has been rejected.
His current deal expires in the summer of 2024 and an offer worth £200,000-a-week was expected to secure his future.
Mount has his eyes on a bigger prize
However, Mount had other ideas and is understood to be chasing the kind of money Raheem Sterling received. The ex-Man City winger is believed to be pocketing more than £300,000-a-week.
Whether Mount warrants this kind of reward is clearly open to debate. What is certain, however, is that there will be suitors if Chelsea turn their backs on Mount.
The Guardian reported Liverpool and Juventus are interested. That report came before Juve’s downfall, meaning the Reds may have a clear run at a transfer if Mount leaves.
Liverpool are known to be chasing at least one, possibly two midfielders in 2023. A double coup of Jude Bellingham and Mason Mount would spell a tremendous summer for Jurgen Klopp’s side.
However, one observer who does not buy into Mount’s exaggeration is Gabriel Agbonlahor.
Mason Mount ‘not the type’ to help lift Prem titles: Agbonlahor
The former Aston Villa frontman spoke to Football Insider and explained why he believes Mount is not the right man for Klopp.
Agbonlahor also described the £300,000-a-week wages Mount is seeking as absurd. In the expert’s mind, Mount has not done enough to justify this level of spending. And Liverpool can echo that opinion.
“Mason Mount I don’t think is the right man for Liverpool,” said Agbonlahor.
“I wouldn’t buy him. He’s a decent enough player. But I don’t think he’s the type of player to take you to a Premier League title.
“The money he is asking from Chelsea is absurd because he has not put in the performances to ask for the money he wants.”
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