On June 29th, Manchester United had a bid accepted from Chelsea for midfielder, Mason Mount. The 24-year-old is set to move to Old Trafford in a deal worth £55m up front with the potential of £5m in add-ons later down the line depending on how he performs at United.
Mount was Erik Ten Hag's number-one target this summer and United saw several bids rejected earlier this month for the England midfielder. However, after some intense face-to-face negotiations on Thursday morning, the two clubs agreed to a deal that represents somewhat of a compromise for both parties.
While United didn't want to go over the £50m mark for a player whose contract expires next summer, Chelsea were adamant at the start of the window that they wouldn't sell Mount for less than £70m.
How much will Mount earn at Manchester United?
Like most transfer deals these days, personal terms between player and club are often agreed upon long before a transfer deal is struck between the two clubs. While in years gone by, this would have been classed as “tapping up” there is now a general acceptance among all football clubs that there is little that can be done to avoid it given the role of agents in modern football.
As such, Mason Mount has already agreed personal terms with Manchester United, meaning that all is left to do is for the England midfielder to complete a medical at the club's training ground. Earlier today, the details of his new contract at Old Trafford were unveiled and it looks like the 24-year-old is set to earn a fortune in Manchester.
According to reports, Mount will sign a five-year contract at Manchester United and he will earn a base salary of £250,00 per week. There are also achievable bonuses within the contract which means he could end up earning around £300,000 per week should he perform well in the famous red shirt. There is also the option at the end of the five years for Mount and United to trigger a year's extension.
🚨 Mason Mount will sign a 5 year contract with an option of a 6th year at Manchester United. ✍️
He will earn £250,000-a-week, which could rise to £300,000 with incentives. 💰🤑
— Transfer News Live (@DeadlineDayLive) June 29, 2023
Is Mason Mount getting a pay rise at Manchester United?
Mount's new mega contract represents a huge pay increase for the England international with his previous deal at Chelsea only said to be worth around £80,000 per week. Mount signed that deal in 2019 after a successful loan spell at Derby County in the Championship but it was due to expire next summer.
Over the past year or so, Mount and his agent have been pushing the club to offer him a new deal at Stamford Bridge on better terms but a suitable offer wasn't forthcoming. Considering the contracts Chelsea have been giving out to new signings in recent years, it is easy to see why Mount had become disillusioned with the club and why he was so set on leaving this summer.
Mount made 195 appearances for Chelsea since signing that deal in 2019 and was twice voted the club's player of the season. He was an integral part of Thomas Tuchel's side in 2021 which went on to win the Champions League, with Mount one of the best players on the pitch in the final against Manchester City.