It is very rare that we see players moving between top clubs, particularly clubs that are in the same league, though latest reports indicate that this could well happen.
The delay over Mason Mount’s contract situation at Chelsea could see rivals Liverpool launch what would be a stunning move for the attack-minded midfielder.
His club sit at the summer of the Premier League, however, Liverpool are snapping at their heels in what could turn out to be one of the most intriguing title races for years.
Mount to be tempted by Liverpool?
There are reports that the player, who burst onto the scene at Stamford Bridge last term, feels under-appreciated at the Blues, which has prompted the Reds’ interest.
While playing in a side that scores goals for fun, with their extraordinary attacking arsenal might appeal to Mount, the opportunity to work under Jurgen Klopp, who is thought to be one of the best man-managers in the game, might be too good to turn down.
The Liverpool boss is certainly someone who makes his players feel appreciated, while Mount would fit seamlessly into the German’s style of play.
With midfielders James Milner and captain Jordan Henderson no longer guaranteed of a starting place, Mount could be the perfect player to slot into the Reds’ midfield trio. Capable of scoring, as he has shown at both club and international level with England, as well as creating goals, he could very quickly become an important cog in the Liverpool side.
Could Liverpool afford him?
There has been a lot said about Liverpool’s finances and whether they can compete in the transfer window with their rivals.
However, it is worth mentioning that the club’s owners, Fenway Sports Group (FSG) are currently linked with a £638 million bid for NHL franchise the Pittsburgh Penguins, while there are rumours of a pending bid for an unnamed NBA side.
Clearly, there is money to spend, if club chiefs identify the right player. However, Mount has two-and-a-half years remaining on his current deal, which means he would still command a sizeable fee, probably likely to be in the region of £70 million.
While this fee could be deemed a lot, at just 22, it could represent good value for a player who may have his best years ahead of him.
He currently commands wages of £75,000 per week and certainly isn’t the highest earner at the Blues. Mount was tipped to follow in the footsteps of ex-Chelsea player Frank Lampard with a similar career trajectory, with the former Blues manager being the one who handed him his debut.
However, it may well be on Merseyside where the player really comes into his own, with Reds fans still seemingly waiting for ‘the next’ Steven Gerrard.
James King is an iGaming journalist with over a decade worth of expierence. Having worked as part of varous online casinos digital content team, he moved into journalism covering the latest news and devlopments in the iGaming world.