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Chelsea could give Liverpool a transfer opportunity too good to turn down



Liverpool continue to be linked with a move to Mason Mount from Chelsea

Chelsea are reportedly selling Mason Mount this summer if he doesn’t agree a new deal with the Londoners.

The England international’s current contract expires in 2024 and he has turned down a number of offers so far. Now talks over Athletic’s report have been put on hold until the summer and although they are still keen to extend his contract, they are reportedly looking to sell the 24-year-old if no deal is reached.

Meanwhile, FourFourTwo are reportedly continuing that speculation by claiming Mount could be available for a reduced price of £40million as he prepares to enter the final year of his contract.

In truth, such a fee seems a little too modest even given its contractual status. After all, the midfielder’s best years are still ahead of him, while he is homegrown. But while the notion of Mount Stamford leaving Bridge would have been scoffed at a few months ago, even in the face of such an impasse, it seems a Chelsea departure is increasingly likely.Mason Mount

Liverpool are one of the teams most associated with the 24-year-old. Given their need for both a midfield revamp and to strengthen their domestic odds, such links would make sense, especially given that Mount is a quality option that could be available at a reduced price.

And as the Reds have always been the opportunists in the transfer market, they are known to have carried out similar attacks in the past. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain entered the final year of his contract with Arsenal in 2017 when Liverpool signed for him on transfer deadline day. After making it clear he would not be renewing his contract at the Emirates, he refused a move to Chelsea before joining the Reds for an initial fee of £35million.

Meanwhile, three years later, Liverpool would bring in Thiago Alcantara from Bayern Munich. Already with the final 12 months of his contract with the Bundesliga giants, he would join the Reds in September 2020 for an initial fee of £20m, according to widespread speculation.

It might have come as a surprise if either player joined Liverpool mid-contract after spending long spells at Arsenal and Bayern. But while both odds were significant for players who would become free players 12 months later, the Reds jumped at the opportunity to sign both for a reduced fee.

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Mount isn’t the only midfielder Liverpool have been linked with as they plan their revamp in the summer of 2023, with Jude Bellingham reportedly their first-choice target. However, with Naby Keita, James Milner, Oxlade-Chamberlain and the Juventus mercenary all unsigned beyond the end of the season, it’s clear the Reds will be in the market for more than just one new midfielder.

And with Bellingham sure to cost a club record should Liverpool successfully sign him, such an arrival could be well matched by Mount if Chelsea are genuinely looking to cash in rather than lose him for nothing.