Manchester United have signed midfielder Mason Mount from Chelsea in a £60m transfer.
Utd had twice seen transfer offers for Mount turned down by Chelsea despite the 24-year-old’s rebuffed new contract offers from west London, prompting both clubs to agree to serious talks culminating in a £30 transfer deal. 60 million.
As part of the deal, Utd will pay an initial transfer fee of £55m upfront, followed by £5m in add-ons in relation to various clauses included in the deal.
Meanwhile, Mount signed a five-year contract at Old Trafford until June 2028 with the option to extend it for a further year, ending his 18-year spell at Chelsea, where he’s scored 33 goals in 195 appearances since graduating from the absolute selection. team in August 2019.
Speaking about his decision to move to Man Utd, Mount commented: “Leaving the club where you grew up is never easy, but Manchester United will provide an exciting new challenge for the next phase of my career.
“Having competed against them, I know how strong the team I’m joining is, and I can’t wait to be a part of this group’s drive to win major trophies.
“Everyone can see that the club has taken great steps forward with Erik ten Hag. Having met with the coach and discussed his plans, I couldn’t be more excited for the upcoming seasons and ready for the hard work to come here.
“I am enormously ambitious; I know how amazing it feels to win major trophies and what it takes to do it. I will give everything to experience that again at Manchester United.”
Utd manager John Murtough added that Mount “is an extremely intelligent footballer and has so many fantastic technical qualities that he will add significantly to our team.”
Murtough went on to add that Utd are “delighted” that Mount has decided to move to Old Trafford with his “style of play and attributes” proving “a perfect fit for this team” as Ten Hag look to build on the positives of the last season.
Murtough also reiterated that Mount can help improve the quality of Utd’s midfield, continuing: “Mason himself is a world-class player, but he also has the ability to improve the players around him through his game intelligence and awareness. tactic”.
Meanwhile, Chelsea Chairman Todd Boehly, along with co-controlling owners Behdad Eghbali and Jose E. Feliciano, paid tribute: “Mason is a consummate professional and a popular figure at the club. We want to thank him for all his efforts on and off the pitch during his time at Chelsea.”
During his time at Chelsea, Mount helped the Blues to a total of seven honors at youth and senior level.
At youth level, Mount was part of Chelsea’s Under-18 team that won the 2015-16 UEFA Youth League plus that season’s FA Youth Cup, of which they last defended in the 2016-17 campaign along with the win in the Under-18 Premier League that year.
Mount spent the 2017-18 and 18-19 seasons on loan at Vitesse and Derby respectively, where he scored 25 goals in 83 appearances, before establishing himself in Chelsea’s first team as they won the 2020-21 UEFA Champions League and Super Cup plus Cup titles. FIFA Club World Cup.
The 24-year-old was also called up to the England senior squad in October 2018, but had to wait 11 months before earning his first cap, scoring five goals in 36 senior international appearances.