According to a source, Chelsea will fight tooth and nail to keep star midfielder Mason Mount this summer, with Reece James also expected to be sought in the transfer window.
Mount has already established himself as one of Europe’s top young midfielders, having scored 12 goals in all competitions for both club and country this season.
However, the 23-year-old’s contract at Stamford Bridge expires in two years, and despite the club’s current ownership difficulties, there is concern that he could be seduced away by Europe’s elite.
According to The Athletic, three of the Premier League’s major clubs are preparing bids for the England international.
The article does not name the English clubs, but it claims that other clubs from Europe’s best leagues are also interested, suggesting that Chelsea may have a battle to keep their star player this summer.
Mount is now one of the Blues’ lowest-paid players, earning roughly £70,000 per week, but the club is unable to offer him a new contract due to restrictions imposed on owner Roman Abramovich.
Even if Chelsea’s new owners are willing to offer him a large pay hike to entice him to sign a new contract, there is no guarantee he will sign one, and elite teams are apparently ready to pounce.
Mount’s contract issue puts the Blues in a perilous position, as the player’s negotiating strength grows as his contract nears its end.
Mount, on the other hand, has been a Chelsea fan since he was six years old, rising through the ranks of the club’s academy to become a regular first-team player.