Midfielder Mason Mount has moved from Chelsea to Manchester United


English Premier League (EPL) club Manchester United have completed one of the most important transfers of the summer pre-bid campaign. Manchester United confirmed the signing of Chelsea midfielder Mason Mount on Wednesday. He will cost the club £60m (€64m), plus another £1m a month due in wages on a five-year deal.

On Wednesday, Premier League club Manchester United officially confirmed signing a contract with England midfielder Mason Mount. Manchester United agreed to pay Chelsea for Mount, who has 36 caps for England (in which he scored five goals), £ 60 million. As for the terms of a personal contract, Mount signed a five-year agreement, under which he will receive £ 250 thousand per week. Well, or about £12 million a year. That is almost three times what he was paid at Chelsea – £ 4.3 million.

Note that in itself the fact of paying £60 million (€64 million) for a player is not something unheard of for Manchester United. There have been many noticeably more expensive acquisitions in their history.

The leader in this sense is Paul Pogba, for whom Manchester United paid €105 million in 2016. In addition to Pogba, eight more players cost Manchester United more than Mount. Among them are Anthony (€95 million), Harry Maguire (€87 million), Jadon Sancho (€85 million), Romelu Lukaku (€84 million) and others.

However, Mount’s move, despite being undervalued by previous transfers, seems to be seen as a major deal in Manchester management. It is symbolic that after signing the contract, the midfielder was given a jersey with number 7. David Beckham, Bryan Robson, Eric Cantona and even George Best used this number at Manchester United. The last famous bearer of number 7 at Manchester United is Cristiano Ronaldo. However, the head coach of the team, Erik ten Hag, would probably prefer to forget about cooperation with the Portuguese (Cristiano Ronaldo left club after publicly criticizing the club management in general and the head coach in particular).

The special attitude towards the purchase of Mount, apparently, is due to the fact that he is expected to give the Manchester midfield more creativity.

Mount is doing well in this regard. During his time at Chelsea, he averaged 0.47 passes per game. That is, he acted at the same level as Christian Eriksen, the key player in Manchester midfield, is now showing. At the same time, Eriksen is 31 years old. Fred, Casemir, Bruno Fernandes, that is, those on whom ten Hag can rely, have either already passed or are approaching the milestone of 30 years.

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Kylian Mbappe not allowed to leave for free

The leadership of the French club PSG does not intend to release the 2018 world football champion Kylian Mbappe for free at the end of the contract after the 2023/24 season. This was announced at a press conference in Paris on Wednesday by PSG president Nasser al-Khelaifi.

According to him, if Mbappe plans to start next season with the French club, he should sign a new contract. “Our position is very simple,” Mr. al-Khelaifi said. “If Mbappe wants to stay, which we want, he must sign a new contract. We won’t let him get away for free. Don’t let him think he’s leaving here for free. If someone changes their mind, it’s not our fault.”

On July 3, Spanish newspaper Marca reported that Mbappe would not join Real Madrid during the summer transfer window. According to the source, Real Madrid could sign a preliminary agreement with the Frenchman in January 2024. On June 27, the Foot Mercato portal reported that the management of the Spanish team is hesitating between the options to formalize the transition of Mbappe in the current off-season or wait until the summer of 2024.

On June 12, L’Equipe reported that Mbappé had turned down a contract extension with PSG and would become a free agent in June 2024. The striker’s deal with PSG, which expires at the end of the 2023/24 season, includes the option of an extension for another season. The next day, Mbappé told AFP that he had not discussed a contract extension with PSG management. Later, the football player noted on social networks that he intends to spend the next season as part of the French club. TASS

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