Chelsea: Mount could leave for 'huge fee' as 'dark clouds' gather - pundit

By Noel Whelan

4th May, 2022 | 9:41am

Mason Mount could leave Chelsea for 'huge fee' after takeover latest - pundit

Mason Mount could be having “second thoughts” about leaving Chelsea this summer with “dark clouds” continuing to hang over the club, according to Noel Whelan.

The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, admitted it would take a “huge fee” for any potential deal to be completed.

According to The Athletic (30 April), three of England’s biggest clubs and more from abroad are preparing moves for Mount, 23, as the takeover uncertainty at Chelsea continues.

According to The Times (3 May), the sale of the Stamford Bridge club is now under threat with owner Roman Abramovich demanding repayment on his £1.6billion loan to the club – a change from his previous stance on the debt.

Mount, who has netted 12 goals in 50 games this term, is under contract at Chelsea until June 2024.

Whelan claimed the drawn-out takeover process may have planted a “seed of doubt” in the heads of the Blues’ brightest stars.

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“It would take a huge fee, I would imagine,” he told Football Insider‘s Ewan Kingsbury.

“He’s one of their main players, in my opinion. He’s box-to-box, loads of energy, creating, scoring, defending – he’s an all-round central midfield player and he can affect every game.

“I think teams will find it very difficult to get a deal done. But there’s no doubt Chelsea need to get this takeover done as soon as possible.

“At the end of the day, we don’t want to be losing some of the Premier League’s best talents to Spanish or Italian football.

“They’ve got to secure players like Mount.

“He probably wouldn’t want to leave. However, the dark clouds hanging over the club could be giving players like him second thoughts about leaving.

“It just plants that seed of doubt in their heads.”

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