This Monday, transfer guru Fabrizio Romano has reported that Chelsea and Mason Mount have been able to agree on a new contract for the player and his chances of leaving the Blues are now increasing day by day. Liverpool, Newcastle and other foreign clubs are all now on standby and they are waiting to understand the situation before making a move.
Mason Mount’s time with Chelsea until now:
Mason Mount has been with Chelsea since he was six years of age. He went through everything you would normally associate with a young Chelsea player i.e. come through the ranks, perform well, go out on loan to Chelsea’s feeder club Vitesse and then try to have a go at the first team spots. Most of the players complete the part of going to loan and performing really well at the Dutch club but the next step is something a lot of players struggle with due to the abundance of world-class quality that Chelsea keeps on buying every season. But Mason has broken through to the first team thanks to some favorable conditions at Chelsea (two window transfer ban & Frank Lampard’s desire to give the academy more time in the first team).
And took those chances like a duck to water, helping the club qualify for the Champions League with a stunning free kick on the last matchday against Wolves and doing one better, going on to win the competition the next season, scoring in the semifinals and providing the assist to Kai Havertz’s goal which will go down in the folklore of Chelsea Football Club’s history add to that he was Chelsea’s Supporters’ Player of the Year in each of the last two seasons and was the manager’s Player of the Year at the end of Lampard’s first season in charge.
But after three terrific seasons, Mount has been experiencing a drop-off in form, with just 5 goals and 2 assists in 30 appearances in all competitions. The Chelsea player is not alone in experiencing a downfall, as his team languishes in the 10th position after that draw against Everton.
Add to that Mason has been one of the lowest-paid Chelsea players coming into this season. The average wage per player in the Blues’ squad is around £123,906 per week (via. capology) and Mason makes around £80,000 per week. For a player so crucial for the side in the last three seasons, this situation looks very bad. For context, he is the 23rd among 32 players in terms of wages. Chelsea’s new look regime of Todd Boehly and Clearlake Capital have been quick to splash the cash on big-money signings like Mudryk, Enzo Fernandez, and Wesley Fofona whilst they have made sure the crucial players like Reece James and Thiago Silva have committed to the club.
Well, What Now?
As it stands, the longer this situation takes time to resolve the more the chances of Mason leaving the club increase. It was reported yesterday that Mount has appointed a new agent, Neil Fewings from Roof, to manage a potential transfer from Chelsea if the situation comes down to it. Mason’s dad Tony had looked after him for the last 18 months since leaving his previous management company, Stellar Football.
The latest offer from Chelsea as reported by media outlets was in the region of £180,000 to 200,000 per week but these have been rejected. Mount’s camp definitely feels that the club could do more and there is a sense of frustration that his performances for the club and importance to the team are not been acknowledged. The belief is that he wants parity of pay with Raheem Sterling, the club’s highest-paid player £325,000 per week.
The one club that Mount has been heavily linked to is Liverpool. The Reds’ troubles in the centre of the park are very well known as their season has been curtailed due to injury issues and players losing form. The addition of Mount will be a major one and this can also help Liverpool save a lot of money as they look forward to their plans of entering the race for Jude Bellingham. The Dortmund star looks set to leave them this season and a fee in the region of £100m to 150m is expected to prize away the youngster.