By Pete O'Rourke, Transfer Correspondent

25th Apr, 2023 | 6:30am

Sources: Liverpool confident they lead Arsenal in race to sign Mason Mount

Liverpool continue to lead the race to sign Chelsea star Mason Mount this summer, sources have told Football Insider.

The Blues are working hard to persuade the 24-year-old to pen new terms at Stamford Bridge – with his current deal set to expire in June 2024 – but talks have broken down.

Other Premier League sides, such as Arsenal, Newcastle and Man United are continuing to monitor Mount’s situation with a resolution expected this summer.

But sources with knowledge of the situation have told Football Insider that Liverpool remain confident they are at the head of the queue to sign him.

Sources also told this site on Monday (24 April) that the Merseysiders could sign as many as three first-team midfielders this summer as they prepare for several exits.

Jurgen Klopp and his recruitment staff are planning major changes despite a setback in their pursuit of Borussia Dortmund superstar Jude Bellingham.

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Mount has made just one appearance in Chelsea’s last seven league fixtures after a breakdown in contract negotiations earlier this year.

The England international currently earns a reported wage of £80,000-a-week on the Stamford Bridge deal he signed in 2019.

Football Insider sources revealed on 15 February that Mount is demanding parity with top-earning Chelsea stars like Raheem Sterling and Reece James in order to sign a new contract.

He has notched three goals and six assists in 35 appearances this term – a stark contrast to his best-ever return of 13 goals and 16 assists in 2020-21.

Liverpool are likely to miss out on Champions League football after a dismal 2022-23 campaign.

The Reds could fail to secure European qualification altogether if they cannot surpass the likes of Brighton and Aston Villa in the final weeks of the season.

In other news, big update on Liverpool bid to sign Josko Gvardiol.