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Chelsea Reject Third Bid From Manchester United: Should Ten Hag Stop His Pursuit?

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Despite the potential for a transfer to Manchester United, Mason Mount is reportedly prepared to join Chelsea’s training sessions and make himself available for the club’s pre-season tour in America.

According to a report from Metro, United have made three unsuccessful bids for Mount, with their final offer of £55 million still being considered by Chelsea. However, the Blues are holding out for a fee of £65 million. There is a growing belief that the Red Devils may soon shift their focus to other targets unless Chelsea lowers their asking price.

Mount’s Challenging Season With Chelsea

Mount has faced a challenging season at Stamford Bridge, encountering difficulties maintaining consistent form in the attacking third. Despite his efforts, the 24-year-old has managed three goals and provided six assists in 35 appearances for the Blues across various competitions this campaign.

Mason Mount of Chelsea
LONDON, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 18: Mason Mount of Chelsea warms up prior to the Premier League match between Chelsea FC and Southampton FC at Stamford Bridge on February 18, 2023 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

While showcasing glimpses of his undeniable talent in the opponent’s half, evidenced by his average of 1.4 shots, 1.3 key passes, and 0.6 dribbles per 90 minutes in the Premier League, Mount’s overall impact has been somewhat underwhelming. Furthermore, he has displayed accuracy in his passing game, with a pass completion rate of 80.1% in league matches (as per statistics obtained from whoscored).

Should Manchester United Boss Erik Ten Hag Stop His Pursuit For Mount This Summer?

Mount showcases an impressive knack for generating space on the pitch, granting him the opportunity to unleash potent and accurate long-range strikes. Furthermore, his exceptional vision enables him to unlock opposing defences with precise and incisive passes in the final third. The talented young Englishman also displays commendable dribbling abilities, highlighting his agility and ball control. However, to fully harness his potential, Mount needs to focus on enhancing his offensive output.

Throughout the 2022-23 Premier League campaign, Mount has faced difficulties in maintaining his confidence while representing his West London club. However, the Blues have been reluctant to accept United’s bids, and if they remain adamant about retaining Mount and reject the standing offer, it might be difficult for Erik ten Hag and his club to secure the player’s services. Hence, ten Hag should look for alternatives in the transfer market before they miss out on other prospects.

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