Mason Mount would have been the perfect signing for Liverpool. If he is deployed on the right side of Jürgen Klopp’s midfield, he could offer a major goal threat in the role Jordan Henderson has been playing lately.
However, instead, Manchester United are ahead of Liverpool in the race. The Manchester Evening News reported that Manchester United had agreed personal terms with the player earlier this month, but more than three weeks later, the saga is no longer on the line.
Liverpool have other targets and The Athletic previously reported that Mount would prefer a move to Manchester United, but there is still little movement on a deal and nothing seems particularly imminent.
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Meanwhile, there is even bigger money to potentially cost West Ham’s Declan Rice. It appears more and more likely that he will join either Arsenal or Manchester City, with the only real question being how much he will ultimately transfer.
Here, Liverpool.com takes a look at the other big sides in the Premier League and across Europe to look at the news happening at other clubs.
Mason Mount transfer U-turn
Liverpool admired Mount heading into the transfer window but Manchester United emerged as favorites for his signature. Since then, even The Times reported that the Old Trafford side refused to bid higher than $70m (£55m/€64m) and will instead focus on signing Moisés Caicedo from Brighton, despite Chelsea leading the Ecuadorian.
Mount, The Telegraph state, would be happy to feature for pre-season should a move away from Chelsea fail this summer, but the player will not extend his contract with just one year left to run. Despite Manchester United claiming to have walked away from a deal, Fabricius Roman now reports that it will meet with Chelsea this week for a ‘final decision’.
Liverpool.com said: This is precisely why Liverpool made it clear at the start of the summer that it wanted to avoid transfer sagas. Part of the reasoning behind walking away from Jude Bellingham was that it was unclear at the time where his decision would go and Liverpool could not afford to be left with potential transfer alternatives in the meantime.
He could have opted for Real Madrid after a few weeks, with no other players to replace him in the Reds’ plans. Manchester United may yet have a deal in place for Mount, but if not, there will be plenty of questions about its transfer policy. The pressure is on the Old Trafford side to sort things out this summer, but so far, that hasn’t happened.
Declan Rice’s latest move as new bids arrive
Arsenal and Manchester City will go head to head for the signing of West Ham captain and England regular Rice this summer with both sides seeing the 24-year-old as a good option to bolster their midfield.
According to The Guardian, Rice is waiting for Arsenal to come in with a third bid with both sides offering a total of $115m (£90m/€105m) so far, with Manchester City promising slightly more up front and less reliant on add-ons.
However, West Ham want $127m (£100m/€116m) for the player and no team has yet reached that figure. Arsenal have prioritized the addition of Rice for some time, as Pep Guardiola sees him as a viable replacement for İlkay Gündoğan, who signed for Barcelona at the end of his contract.
Liverpool.com said: Rice would be a great addition to the Liverpool midfield, but at that price, it’s pretty clear why the Reds have steered clear. Is he a player who can change either Arsenal or Manchester City? He will certainly improve them, but $127m is a lot to pay for someone like him.
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