Last week, United made their initial approach to purchase Mount, but that £40 million deal was turned down. A second offer from Chelsea for £50 million has now also been immediately rejected.
The second bid was worth an initial £45 million plus an additional £5 million, but it is still far less than what Chelsea valued Mount at.
Initially, Chelsea wanted £70 million for Mount, but according to people familiar with the matter, they would now be willing to settle for between £60 and £65 million. But to do that, United would need to increase their bid by at least another £10 million.
Erik ten Hag, the manager of United, is exerting significant pressure on his superiors to complete a trade for Mount, whom he now views as a crucial component of their plans for the upcoming season. Despite the second offer being swiftly turned down, communication between the two clubs is still ongoing, and a third offer is soon to be anticipated.
Even the hiring of Mauricio Pochettino as head coach has not resulted in a breakthrough in getting Mount to extend his contract through its current expiration date of 2024, as Chelsea had originally intended.
It is thought that Chelsea has come to terms with the fact that Mount’s camp and the club have too much “bad blood” for him to sign a new contract.