Manchester United have left their £55m bid for Chelsea star Mason Mount on the table, but it seems they aren’t willing to wait for much longer.
The Old Trafford hierarchy aren’t best pleased with their negotiations with Chelsea, who have so far rejected three bids for Mount and have instead made a counter-proposal of £58m plus £7m in add-ons.
With Mount set to become a free agent in 12 months, United aren’t very keen to take up Chelsea’s offer of face-to-face talks to thrash out an agreement for the 24-year-old’s transfer. It is understood that the Red Devils believe the Blues are applying a ‘Manchester United tax’ to their asking price.
Manchester United exploring alternative options to Mount
Mount remains Erik ten Hag’s preferred target to strengthen his midfield, and United remain open to signing the England international on their terms. But as per the Daily Mail, they are exploring other possible midfielders.
Ten Hag is thought to be an admirer of FC Utrecht’s Taylor Booth. The Dutch coach maintains ‘strong links’ to his former club and continues to monitor their progress. He has been impressed by the performance of the USMNT midfielder.
United are yet to make an approach for Booth but it is claimed they are considering making a bid. The Premier League giants, however, will have to quicken up their pursuit as Celta Vigo, Stuttgart and Lyon are ‘extremely’ interested in the 22-year-old talent.
It seems Utrecht were anticipating the situation, as they’ve already made a move to strengthen their midfield and potentially replace Booth. Earlier this week, the Eredivisie secured the signing of highly-rated United midfielder Zidane Iqbal on a four-year deal.