Manchester United are in constant dialogue with Champions League winner Mason Mount, who is understood to be ready to say yes to a move to Old Trafford.
British billionaire Sir Jim Ratcliffe and Qatari Sheikh Jassim bin Hamad al-Thani are going toe-to-toe to buy English football’s most iconic club. After months of talks and multiple offers from both parties, the Glazer family are set to choose the preferred bidder. On Monday, the Daily Mail’s Mike Keegan broke the news that a long-awaited decision on exclusivity is expected later this week.
The lengthy and tiring sale process that started in November has put Erik ten Hag’s summer transfer plans in jeopardy. Late in May, a report in the Mirror claimed the sale process is now ‘starting to have a negative effect’ on the United manager’s hopes of making the signings that will help him challenge for major trophies.
Manchester United remain in dark over transfer plans
Manchester City, who completed a treble with a 1-0 Champions League final win over Inter, have agreed personal terms with Mateo Kovacic. Liverpool have already announced the signing of Alexis Mac Allister, and Arsenal are readying a bid for Declan Rice.
United, meanwhile, risk losing key targets due to uncertainty over their transfer budget and slow decision-making. However, it seems, one of Ten Hag’s transfer targets is willing to wait for the Red Devils.
According to Fabrizio Romano, United have confirmed their intention to sign Mount in recent days. The hierarchy at the Theatre of Dreams know the Chelsea academy product is ‘ready to say yes.’ They’ve sent a ‘positive message’ to Mount, informing him it’s time to wait now because of difficult negotiations with the London outfit.
With Chelsea under pressure to trim their squad, Mount’s decision to wait for United could also play into their hands during negotiations. The dynamic midfielder, who’s also on Arsenal and Liverpool’s radar, will become a free agent in 2024. But at the moment, the Blues have shown little desire to lower their asking price of £70m.