Manchester United have been warned that Mason Mount is only worth half of Chelsea’s asking price. The Blues are said to want £80million for the midfielder but Darren Bent claims a deal should be struck for just £40m.
Mount is out of contract at Chelsea at the end of next season. Speculation over his future has seen the England star linked with moves to United, Liverpool and Arsenal.
United appear to be the current frontrunners, while Chelsea have not given up hope of tying him down to a new long-term deal. Reports claim United are prepared to make a first bid of £55m for Mount as Erik ten Hag attempts to steal a march on their rivals.
However, Chelsea are set to hold out for £80m. Former Tottenham striker Bent believes Mount would be a better signing for United than Neymar, who has been linked with a move to Old Trafford.
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But he says paying £80m would be twice as much as the player is worth, largely due to his contract situation. Asked if United should sign Mount over Neymar, Bent said on talkSPORT: “I 100 per cent totally agree with that.
“Even though Neymar is a better player, I think Mason Mount would be a better fit in and around the dressing room, never gives you any problems. You know exactly what you’re getting, you don’t have to worry on a Friday night, ‘is my phone going to ring?’ because Mason Mount is in trouble again.
“You don’t have to worry about any of that because he’s a model professional. People that I know that know him and watching him at Derby, he’s always trying to make himself better, always available, he’s got good character, got good nature.”
Pressed on how much United should spend, he said: “£40m.” He admitted it would be different if Mount had longer on his Chelsea deal.
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Bent said: “Then he’s young, he’s English, so he’s going to be £70m-£80m easily. But not £80m for one year left on his contract.”
Mount has had a poor season by his own standards. But Bent does not think there are many top teams who wouldn’t have him as part of their squad.
He added: “I think he gets into any top team’s squad. I’m not saying he starts for every team because I don’t think he does, but I think at a better price.
“Because I’m not paying £80m for no player with one year left on his contract – especially in a season where they have got three goals.”
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