“Confident to get it done” – Manchester United closing in on their first summer signing

Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag before the match in Australia.

Erik ten Hag wants Manchester United to speed up their transfer activity Joel Carrett/AAP Image via REUTERS.

Manchester United have moved closer to securing a deal with Chelsea for Mason Mount after tabling their third bid for the midfielder.

Earlier this week, Chelsea turned down United’s improved second bid worth up to £50m for the 24-year-old. Having already convinced Mount to join Erik ten Hag’s project, United have returned swiftly to the negotiating table, submitting an offer of £50m, plus £5m in variables.

Mount doesn’t want to extend his stay at Stamford Bridge and has indicated he’s willing to leave his boyhood club on a free transfer if they fail to find an agreement with his suitors this summer. It is understood the England international has already agreed to personal terms with United.

Manchester United confident of landing Mount

Ten Hag is keen to add dynamism to his midfield and sees Mount as an ideal option to elevate his side’s game, especially out of possession.

His admiration of the Chelsea academy product goes back to the 2017/18 season. Mount thrived on his loan spell at Eredivisie outfit Vitesse Arnhem and impressed the then-Ajax boss. Ten Hag tried to get hold of him in the subsequent summer, but Mount moved to Championship to play for Frank Lampard’s Derby County instead.

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This summer Ten Hag is closer than ever to securing Mount’s services. United have made a reasonable offer for a player with only 12 months left on his contract. Mount is determined to move, while Chelsea have little desire to lose him for nothing in 2024. As per Fabrizio Romano, all parties are very “confident to get it done.”

United want a quick resolution before switching their focus to other areas. It is believed they will end their pursuit if their third bid is turned down by Chelsea.