Why Overpaying Manchester United Should Walk Away From Mason Mount Deal

For far too long, United have been overpaying for players...
18:00, 24 Jun 2023

Chelsea have rejected Manchester United’s third offer for Mason Mount, a bid of £50m plus £5m of extras - wanting £58m plus £7m to get the deal done. That’s a total outlay of £65m for a player with just one year left on his current contract. And although Erik Ten Hag may want his man, it’s time for Manchester United to show the strength to walk away from a deal that simply makes no sense for them at this time. 

Mount is a fantastic player, for club and country and at 24 could make a serious impact for United over the next five years. But it’s time they stopped getting taken for a ride in the transfer market and made a statement that clubs cannot simply charge whatever they want when United are involved. 

Mount isn’t worth £65m with a year left on his deal. £50m should be more than enough to secure the signature of a player that is likely to leave Chelsea on a free next summer anyway. The Blues are charging United way over the odds for a player who appeared in only one of the final 14 Premier League matches due to injury. 

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The only way for the Red Devils to prevent this happening time and time again in the future is to draw the line. If they pay over the odds for Mount, it's a sign that nothing is changing in terms of recruitment at the club, even though Ten Hag has turned a corner on the pitch. If they walk away from a deal this summer and instead pick him up on a free, Mount will go from an expensive signing, to an absolute bargain. 

The only risk they will take is the number of other elite clubs that will be interested in him on a free. Is it worth paying nearly £60m to stop him joining one of your rivals on a free in a year’s time? Perhaps. But overpaying for players has become part of United’s DNA in recent times. 

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£89m on Paul Pogba, a player they released on a free, has to be the highlight, but we’ve also seen £80m spent on Harry Maguire, when his true value is around half that sum. Angel di Maria was £60m, Jadon Sancho £72m, Aaron Wan-Bissaka £50m. How long has it been since United bought a player and their value actually increased? 

Mount is another expensive buy that is unlikely to return them a profit, but ultimately that isn’t the point with United’s signings. They need elite level players at their peak, and Mount ticks both boxes. If it was a one off signing you could understand them paying over the odds to secure the player. But this is every other transfer. 

Casemiro may have been an excellent signing last summer but even his £70m price was inflated for a 30-year-old. Lisandro Martinez at £50m has been worth the money too, yet these fees only support the fact that United routinely overpay for players. They need to snap out of the cycle and the only way to do that is to walk away from Mason Mount. 

He’s the player they want, but not at that price. Go in for him again next season on a free if he is still available, and spend the money elsewhere. Or, put pressure on Chelsea, who have to abide by FFP regulations and accept a lower offer for Mount. United have to repair their reputation for overpaying. Starting now. 

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