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Ten Hag ‘in contact’ with £68.5m Man Utd target as Fabrizio Romano reveals ‘transfer is being worked on’

Erik ten Hag Manchester United manager during Premier League game at Old Trafford

Man Utd manager Erik ten Hag

Manchester United remain focused and confident of sealing the signing of Mason Mount, with Erik ten Hag reaching out to the player to update him on the situation, according to Fabrizio Romano.

The Red Devils have made rapid strides since the Dutchman took charge last summer. But having won the Carabao Cup, reached the FA Cup final and also secured a return to the Champions League, the club will hope this is just the start.

Now, in order to take his side to the next level, Ten Hag is starting to put a number of transfer wheels in motion.

To that end, the club are reportedly ready to activate the release clause in Kim Min-jae’s Napoli deal. Set at €60m (£52m), the South Korean looks poised to push through a move in the early weeks of July. Reports in Italy claim the defender has already found a mansion in leafy Alderley Edge.

However, before that deal officially goes through, United hope to have another target, in Mount, also through the door.

The England midfielder has just a year left on his Chelsea deal and talks over an extension have reportedly broken down. The Blues, under new management in Mauricio Pochettino, had been hoping to persuade Mount to stay.

However, his mind appears made up and, with just 12 months remaining, Todd Boehly now plans to sell.

Furthermore, with the 24-year-old also keen to make the move, it does seem a question of when, not if the deal will go through.

Agreeing a fee though with Chelsea appears a little problematic. Co-owner Todd Boehly has reportedly stuck a €80m (£68.5m) fee on his head.

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Fabrizio Romano provides Mason Mount to Man Utd update

Clearly that fee, though, is within reach to United. However, officials at Old Trafford seemingly believe that Boehly is being unrealistic in his demands. If Mount had two years to run, then granted. However, it’s deemed too high a fee to pay knowing they could land him for nothing 12 months later.

As a result, a transfer game of chess has seemingly gotten underway between the two clubs.

United, though, believe perseverance will pay off if they play a patient game on the deal. And the longer the saga drags on, the lower Chelsea’s demands may likely to get.

The whole saga though makes for a difficult wait for Mount himself. Having responded to questions about Man Utd’s interest in him recently, there is a growing acceptance at Chelsea that he wants to make the switch.

Confirming that negotiations are underway and in order to ease the player’s concerns, Romano claims Ten Hag has reached out to Mount.

“They know Mason is prepared to say yes,” Romano told his YouTube channel. “They sent positive messages to Mason Mount, saying it’s time to wait now. But the negotiation Manchester United and Chelsea is not easy.

“Chelsea wants around €80m for Mason Mount. Manchester United are not prepared to pay this for a boy who is out of contract next summer.

“There is this sort of strategy game [going on]… Manchester United are very clear with the player, telling him they will work on that deal in the next weeks.”

As a result, United and Mount may have to show patience to get this one over the line. And while the transfer is in the works, it appears unlikely a quick resolution will be reached.

Mount is currently on an extended holiday after injury ruled him out of England’s upcoming Euro 2024 qualifiers.

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