MANCHESTER UNITED could have three different options for adding Mason Mount to their squad next season as they are close to signing the England star.
Mount has been heavily linked with a Chelsea exit after refusing to renew his contract, which expires next year.
It was revealed yesterday that he has reportedly made personal arrangements with Manchester United and the playmaker is now expected to join Erik ten Hag’s team this summer.
The 24-year-old is determined to leave Chelsea and the club will not stand in his way – although the west Londoners will look to secure as high a transfer fee as possible to avoid losing him on a free transfer in 2024.
Now excited United fans, still hoping they can enlist transfer target No 1 Harry Kane of Tottenham to lead their attack, are wondering where Mount will fit into their squad.
As the attacker has shown in the past for both club and country, his versatility makes him an attractive option.
And that means he can fit in a number of positions.
Mount could easily fit into a three-man midfield that would be the envy of most other Premier League clubs, alongside Brazilian Casemiro and Portuguese star Bruno Fernandes.
That would certainly be an enticing prospect for Stretford End, especially if they can secure Kane’s signature and he goes ahead of them.
Mount also played the No.10 role just behind the main forward, which could see him supplying the ammunition for players like Kane or Marcus Rashford.
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Even if the Spurs ace doesn’t manage to make the move this season, Mount could be used up front.
Rashford could take on the role of main striker, with Mount and Antony at his side.
United have also been in “talks” about signing strikers Rasmus Hojland and Randal Kolo Muani should they fail to poach Kane from Spurs.
And they are also on the hunt for a new goalkeeper as Dean Henderson is set to leave the club and doubts remain about David De Gea’s form.
The Red Devils are reportedly ready to pay Portugal goalkeeper Diogo Costa’s £65million release clause.
Ten Hag this week warned long-term stopper De Gea that he won’t be guaranteed the No. 1 spot next season even if he signs a new contract.
Costa is the man who should compete with the Spaniard or even replace him.
And when the next season starts, he could be behind the others in goal.