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Liverpool warned Chelsea raid for overhyped star will backfire, with second issue branded ‘absurd’

Chelsea stars Christian Pulisic and Mason Mount playing for the USA and England at the 2022 FIFA World Cup

Liverpool have been told two reasons why they shouldn’t sign an attacker whose future at Chelsea is growing increasingly uncertain.

As an academy graduate, the common consensus has long been Mason Mount is destined to remain at Stamford Bridge for the long haul. However, per recent reports, doubts are creeping in as to whether that scenario will transpire.

The 23-year-old remains a key cog in all Chelsea do well going forward. While he’s not enjoyed his best season so far this year, he has still racked up four goal contributions in the Premier League and provided four assists in the Champions League.

Mount is currently on international duty with England where his place for the Round of 16 clash against Senegal is under threat. Marcus Rashford and Phil Foden are both pushing for a start after finding the net three times between them against Wales.

Mount’s situation at club level is also cloudy, with the Daily Mail recently reporting a contract extension has been rejected.

His current deal expires in the summer of 2024 and an offer worth £200,000-a-week was expected to secure his future.

Mount has eyes on a bigger prize

However, Mount had other ideas and is understood to be chasing the type of money Raheem Sterling received. The ex-Man City winger is believed to pocket north of £300,000-a-week.

Whether Mount warrants that type of reward is clearly open to debate. What is for sure, however, is there’ll be suitors if Chelsea turn their back on Mount.

The Guardian reported Liverpool and Juventus are both interested. That report came prior to Juve’s meltdown, meaning the Reds may have a clear run at a transfer if Mount departs.

Liverpool are known to be chasing at least one, probably two midfielders in 2023. A double coup of Jude Bellingham and Mason Mount would represent a tremendous summer for Jurgen Klopp’s side.

However, one observer who doesn’t buy into the Mount hype is Gabriel Agbonlahor.

Mason Mount “not the sort” to help lift Prem titles – Agbonlahor

The former Aston Villa frontman spoke to Football Insider and outlined why he believes Mount isn’t the right man for Klopp.

Agbonlahor also labelled the reported £300,000-a-week salary Mount is seeking “absurd”. In the pundit’s mind, Mount hasn’t done anywhere near enough to justify that level of outlay. And Liverpool may well echo that opinion.

“Mason Mount I don’t think is the right man for Liverpool,” said Agbonlahor.

“I wouldn’t buy him. He’s a decent enough player. But I don’t think he’s the sort of player who is going to get you to a Premier League title.

“The money that he’s asking for from Chelsea is absurd because he hasn’t put in the performances to ask for the money he wants.”

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