Mount has a contract in place that will keep him at Old Trafford through 2028.
Mason Mount’s acquisition by Manchester United would feel like a major coup under normal conditions. Although a sum of £55 million plus an additional £5 million in add-ons for a player with less than a year left on his Chelsea contract may seem excessive, Arsenal can attest that 24-year-olds with 36 England caps don’t come cheap. The Gunners and Liverpool were among the teams lining up for Mount, but United emerged victorious that day.
Mount and Old Trafford have agreed on a five-year contract with a one-year extension option. Once it became clear that their No. 19 did not want to extend a stay with the club he joined at the age of six, United’s third offer ultimately proved to be enough for Chelsea, who had initially rejected the deal.
John Murtough, the director of football for Manchester United, said, “We have long admired his talents and are thrilled that he has chosen to take the next steps in his career here at Old Trafford.” We all agree that working with Erik ten Hag and his coaching staff, he will only get better. His playing style and personal qualities are a wonderful fit for our team.
“Mason is a world-class player in his own right, but he also has the capacity to elevate those around him through his keen sense of the game and tactical awareness. His fervent desire to join United and his quest for more success particularly struck us as we work to improve our performance levels for the upcoming season and beyond.
This appears to be the biggest success United could ask for. United have acquired a coach’s fantasy for a price that hardly belongs in the top ten most costly they have paid in their history. To make room for the midfielder in their lineup, Gareth Southgate, Thomas Tuchel, and Frank Lampard in his first stint were all willing to anger their respective fan bases and established players. There was almost any backlash when the latter referred to Mount as the best player in his position “in terms of pressing and jumping from midfield to win the ball back.”
Mount performs that off-ball work and a sizable return goal return at his finest. Prior to the current Premier League season, he contributed a total of 11, 12, and 21 goals and assists. By the 2021–22 season, when he was playing at the height of his abilities under Thomas Tuchel, he was averaging 0.54 non-penalty projected goals and assists per 90 minutes, producing with a consistency on par with Bruno Fernandes or Bukayo Saka. That Mount was an output machine; he wasn’t necessarily the guy to get you to the final third, but when he did, he was able to make a significant impact.
Despite the fact that Mount was not that player last season, this can be reasonably justified. Chelsea decided to keep digging after getting into a hole to start the season. In such a situation, the guy who had been hailed as the new Stamford Bridge’s lode star and the greatest hope for academy graduates, decided he would have to look elsewhere. His minutes and production suffered under these conditions. That he will soon be returning to his old route in new circumstances doesn’t seem all that impossible.
It’s never easy to leave the team where you were raised, but Mount added that Manchester United will present an intriguing new challenge for the next stage of his career. “Having competed against them, I am aware of how great the team I’m joining is, and I am eager to contribute to its desire to capture significant trophies.
“Under Erik ten Hag, the club has advanced significantly, as can be seen by everyone. After meeting with the management and learning about his goals, I am eagerly anticipating the upcoming seasons and am prepared to put in the necessary effort.
“I have a really high level of ambition; I understand how fantastic it is to win significant trophies and what it takes to do it. I will do anything to have that experience at Manchester United once more.
Everything about this deal feels good for Manchester United—the timing, the fit, even the price—until you take the opportunity cost into account. In the past, signing Mount might not have even registered on the Old Trafford budget, but as takeover negotiations heat up, resources are limited. Is Ten Hag better off with a hybrid right striker, playmaker, and central midfielder? Certainly. However, this United team needs to make substantial progress in order to surpass its third-place result from the previous campaign.
A custodian is high on their wish list, but so far no bid has been made for Inter’s Andre Onana, whose transfer fee poses no problem for Saudi heavyweights Al Nassr. The absence of a true centre forward option is an even bigger problem. Even without Mount, players like Harry Kane and Victor Osimhen could have been out of United’s financial range, but this new acquisition will address fewer issues than a No. 9 from last season.
Whether Mount serves as a backup option for the Casemiro, Bruno Fernandes, and Christian Eriksen first-choice midfield, eventually replaces the latter, or competes with Antony on the right wing, it is nearly clear that Mount will be successful for United. But Ten Hag requires a lot more. Getting all of that with the financial situation as it is can be difficult.