Mason Mount will wear the number seven shirt for Manchester United.
The Red Devils announced on their website on Friday that “Mount has joined the club. His contract runs until the summer of 2028, with an option to extend for a further year.” Mount will wear United’s iconic No. 7 shirt.
Born in 1999, the Englishman is a product of Chelsea’s youth academy. Early in his professional career, he spent time on loan at Vitesse (Netherlands) and Derby County (English second division) to gain practical experience. It was at Derby that he met Frank Lampard and began to blossom under his tutelage.
A good relationship with Lampard ensued. Lampard took over as Chelsea manager ahead of the 2019-20 season. Naturally, he started using his former pupil in the starting lineup. Mount lived up to Lampard’s expectations, scoring seven goals and providing six assists in 37 English Premier League (EPL) appearances.
Not bad for a change of manager. Up until last season, he had reached career highs with 11 goals and 10 assists in 32 EPL appearances. However, this season has been a bit of a disappointment. There was a coaching change with the departure of Thomas Tuchel and the arrival of Graham Potter, and a combination of injuries, both big and small, meant that he saw less playing time than in previous years.
Mount finished the season with three goals and two assists in 24 league appearances. He averaged around 69 minutes per game. This situation has led to speculation about a possible transfer. With the arrival of Mauricio Pochettino, there will be changes in the squad, and Mount is one of the players who could leave.
Manchester United have been linked with a move. The Red Devils have been impressive this season under new manager Eric ten Haag. They finished third in the league, qualified for the UEFA Champions League (UCL) next season, and won the English Football League Cup (EFL Cup). It was United’s first trophy in six years.
Now, they’re looking to strengthen their squad for next season. Many players have been linked with the club. Harry Kane and Kim Min-jae have been mentioned, but negotiations are not going well, with Tottenham Hotspur not planning to sell to a league rival. Kim Min-jae is now on the verge of a move to Bayern Munich, but both defenders are expected to be brought in.
First of all, Ten Hagh is determined to add some depth to the midfield. They already have one of the best midfield combinations in the league in Bruno Fernandes, Christian Eriksen, and Casemiro, but they don’t have the resources to replace them. Mount is a resource that can play in all two zones and even the third.
United have already made contact with Mount and have finalized a personal agreement. The next step was to negotiate a transfer fee with Chelsea. However, transfer market expert Fabrizio Romano said in the middle of last month, “United sent Chelsea a first offer of £40 million, which was rejected. Chelsea are now asking for £70 million.”
However, the two sides settled for a lower amount. On March 3, Romano reported, “Mount will undergo a medical on Monday. He will now sign a five-year contract with United, with an option for a one-year extension. The transfer fee is £55 million ($91 million) with a £5 million bonus option.” 안전놀이터
Mount told United’s website: “It was a difficult decision to leave the club I grew up playing for. But United will provide me with a new challenge for the rest of my career. Having played against United, I know how strong this team is. I can’t wait to join the team and work with them to win a championship.”
The club also announced that Mount will wear the number 7 shirt. The number 7 is a highly symbolic number at United. In the past, Eric Cantona, David Beckham, and Cristiano Ronaldo have worn the number and made an impact. This has led to a “Man Utd number 7 lineage,” but the performance of players who have worn the number since Ronaldo has been disappointing.