Liverpool: Report reveals Mason Mount ‘boost’
Liverpool have reportedly been boosted in their efforts to sign Chelsea midfielder Mason Mount this summer, with talks over a new deal at Stamford Bridge going nowhere.
The Lowdown: Mount linked with Liverpool move
The 24-year-old’s future in London has been a key talking point of late, with the Reds one of the clubs linked with signing him in the summer transfer window.
Mount has continued to be an important player for Chelsea this season, starting 19 matches in the Premier League and scoring three goals along the way.
The England international’s current Blues contract expires at the end of next season however, and he looks increasingly unlikely to sign an extension.
The Latest: Reds given new boost
According to Football Insider, Mount wants to be among Chelsea’s top earners moving forward but the club are ‘refusing to budge’ on their current offer.
That is described as a ‘boost’ to both Liverpool and Juventus, whose interest in the midfielder is ‘genuine’.
The Verdict: Would be a great signing
It still feels most likely that Mount will end up reaching an agreement with Chelsea, given his lifelong affiliation with the club, but Liverpool signing him could be a superb piece of business.
While the 36-cap England start isn’t necessarily the most flashy of players in his position, he is extremely effective both on and off the ball, with Jose Mourinho once describing him as ‘very, very intelligent’.
Mount is someone who could provide Jurgen Klopp with the legs he so desperately needs in midfield, capable of excelling as one of the No.8s on either side of the three having started ten league games in that role this season.
At 24, he is also still a relatively young player who can become even better in the coming years, and he could perhaps become the Gini Wijnaldum replacement that has been missing since his exit, should Klopp want to mould him into that type of player.