Is this Mason Mount’s Chelsea goodbye? £55m Man United, Liverpool and Arsenal target poses in a Stamford Bridge box after emotional lap of the pitch following last game of the season
Mason Mount looked emotional as he joined his Chelsea team-mates on a lap of the pitch amid speculation he will leave the club this summer.
Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool have all been linked with the England midfielder, who is valued at £55million.
Mount, 24, also posed for a picture with former Chelsea assistant manager Jody Morris and current academy head of programme and player development up to under-14 level Ben Knight in a Stamford Bridge box.
But he gave little away in an end-of-season Instagram post in which he thanked Chelsea’s fans for their support during a turbulent campaign that ended with them finishing 12th in the Premier League.
They concluded their season with a 1-1 home draw against Newcastle on Sunday.
Jody Morris (second right) posted this image of Mount in a Stamford Bridge executive box post-match. Ben Knight, a Chelsea head of academy programme, is also in the pic (right)
Mason Mount with Chelsea interim manager Frank Lampard during a lap of the Stamford Bridge pitch following Sunday’s game with Newcastle United
The midfielder looked emotional amid speculation he will leave Chelsea over the summer
Mount has been linked with a £55m move to Manchester United, Arsenal or Liverpool
Mount wrote: ‘It’s fair to say it’s been an up and down season, but your support has never dipped.
‘Travelling all around the country, you were with us every step of the way and at times we didn’t deserve you.
‘But now it’s time to have a break and recover… Thank you & enjoy your summer Blues.’
Mount, who has missed Chelsea’s final games of the season through injury, posted images with interim manager Frank Lampard and Conor Gallagher, another who could leave over the summer.
He has one year remaining on his current deal but talks over a new contract have stalled, meaning Chelsea will have to sell this summer to get anything near their valuation of Mount.
As Mail Sport revealed last week, United have tried to steal a march on their Premier League rivals in the pursuit of Mount by lodging a £55m bid.
Chelsea value him at nearer £85m but the final sum is likely to be less given he only has one year left on his contract. A bidding war between the rival clubs could push the price up, however.
Incoming Chelsea boss Mauricio Pochettino is a huge admirer of Mount and ideally would wish him to stay.
However, there is significant doubt over whether Chelsea can revive talks over a contract extension.
Mount posted a series of Instagram pictures from the end-of-season lap of appreciation
He gave little away in the message, instead thanking Chelsea fans for their support
Source: Daily Mail Online