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Man Utd ‘to launch Mount bid’ after stealing march on two rivals in race for ace

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MANCHESTER UNITED are reportedly set to launch a £55million bid for Chelsea contract rebel Mason Mount. The midfielder, 24, looks increasingly likely to leave Stamford Bridge this summer after failing to agree a new deal. 1Man Utd are set to launch a £55m bid for Chelsea contract rebel Mason MountCredit: Getty And the Mail claims United are looking to steal a march on rivals as they prepare to table an offer this summer. Club sources have confirmed talks over a deal for Mount are set to commence once the season ends. Erik ten Hag has made the England midfielder his No1 priority. And United are ready to offer £55m to see off competition from rivals. Mount has plenty of suitors at home and abroad, with Arsenal, Liverpool and Bayern Munich extremely interested. But United hope they can move into pole position by getting talks underway after Sunday’s final Premier League matches. Champions League winner Mount is out of contract in 2024. Chelsea have made numerous attempts to get him to sign a lucrative new extension. Most read in Football BETTING SPECIAL – BEST NO DEPOSIT CASINO OFFERS But the two parties have been unable to agree on a wage, with Mount reportedly looking for £250,000-a-week like pal Reece James. Chelsea are hoping to bank £85m for Mount, who has been at the club since 2005 after coming through their Cobham academy. He has 33 goals in 195 games for the Blues since his 2019 debut. And Mount established himself as a key player under multiple managers like Frank Lampard, Thomas Tuchel and Graham Potter. Incoming Blues boss Mauricio Pochettino has told Todd Boehly he ideally wants Mount in his squad next season. But Chelsea are unwilling to keep hold of players who are out of contract the following summer. And if Mount is unable to strike terms late on, Boehly will look to cash in. He isn’t the only ace whose deal is up in 2024. Ruben Loftus-Cheek is thought to be in advanced talks with AC Milan. And Mateo Kovacic could be set for a move to Prem champs Man City. The likes of Callum Hudson-Odoi and Christian Pulisic could also be sold. And there’s even question marks over Thiago Silva’s future despite his extension earlier this year, while N’Golo Kante could yet leave for free as his deal winds down next month.

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