Manchester United have officially announced the signing of Mason Mount from Chelsea, a week after the two clubs agreed a deal for the England midfielder. Mount has completed a medical at Carrington, United's training complex, and penned a five-year deal at the club which will see him don the famous red shirt until 2028.
As reported last week, United have paid £55m up front for the services of the midfielder, with another £5m due in the coming years if Mount reaches a certain amount of appearances and/or wins a certain number of trophies at Old Trafford. The fee was somewhat of a compromise between the two clubs with United originally offering £40m and Chelsea wanting £70m for a player who has been at the club since he was six years old.
The 24-year-old has reportedly signed a very lucrative contract at Manchester United. According to reports last week, he is set to earn a base salary of £250,000 per week which could rise to around £300,000 per week if he meets certain bonus requirements on matchday for his new club.
How Mount ended up at Manchester United
Last season, Mason Mount was keen to stay at the club he has called home since he was a young child and his agent notified the club that he was looking for a new contract at Stamford Bridge. Given the number of signings coming through the door at the club, the majority of whom were all offered more money than Mount, the midfielder felt he deserved better terms to commit his long-term future to the club.
His deal at the club, which he had signed in 2019, was said to be worth around £80,000 per week and he wanted a large increase on these terms to reflect his status at the club. Not only was he a homegrown player, but he was also a two-time player of the season and an integral part of the side that lifted the Champions League trophy in Porto in 2021.
After negotiations broke down between the two parties, Mount decided the time had come to leave Chelsea and he wasn't short of options. According to reliable journalist, Andy Mitten, Jurgen Klopp was keen to sign Mount while Mikel Arteta was convinced that he would join Arsenal.
In the end, it was a reported meeting between Erik Ten Hag and the player before United's game against Chelsea in May that sealed the deal. Mount was reportedly blown away by Ten Hag's assessment of his game and believed that he would fit like a glove in the system that Ten Hag is looking to build at Manchester United after a solid debut season in charge.
🔴📰 | Jurgen Klopp was a long-time admirer of Mason Mount and made it clear and that he would be interested in signing him. Mikel Arteta wasn’t only an admirer, he thought Mount would sign for Arsenal. Ten Hag was a major factor in him choosing #mufc. [@AndyMitten] pic.twitter.com/4GiQj9lRGG
— UtdDistrict (@UtdDistrict) July 5, 2023
Mount sets his sights on more trophies
After being officially announced as a Manchester United player, Mason Mount told the club's official website about his desire to help the team to more silverware next season. His full statement read:
“It’s never easy leaving the club where you grew up, but Manchester United will provide an exciting new challenge for the next phase of my career. Having competed against them, I know just how strong a squad it is that I’m joining, and I can’t wait to be part of this group’s drive to win major trophies.
“Everyone can see that the club has made big steps forward under Erik ten Hag. Having met with the manager and discussed his plans, I couldn’t be more excited for the seasons ahead and am ready for the hard work expected here.
“I am hugely ambitious; I know how amazing it feels to win major trophies and what it takes to do it. I will be giving everything to experience that again at Manchester United.”