Double Man Utd exit is on, with Newcastle, Nott’m Forest raids to generate £60m for Mason Mount capture
A top source has talked up two high profile exits from the Man Utd first team this summer, and the £60m sum they could generate between them will ‘almost cover’ what’s required to sign Mason Mount.
The transfer priorities at Old Trafford this summer are signing an elite-level centre-forward and a new central midfielder. An attacking upgrade at right-back, new centre-back and back-up to David de Gea are wanted, though they’ll take a backseat until the true prizes are secured.
According to the Athletic, Man Utd’s summer transfer budget will stand at a relatively modest £100m. Such a sum by itself might not even be enough to sign the likes of Harry Kane or Victor Osimhen.
As such, high profile player sales are required to help bolster the kitty. To that end, the Athletic’s Man Utd expert, Laurie Whitwell, has detailed two potential exits within the Premier League.
Firstly, Whitwell wrote the “anticipation is that [Newcastle] will come again” for Scott McTominay at season’s end.
Newcastle’s interest in and admiration of the 26-year-old Scotland international has been well documented.
Indeed, the Athletic previously reported manager Eddie Howe is a huge admirer of McTominay’s ball-carrying ability and athleticism.
The Manchester Evening News’ Samuel Luckhurst recently stated a bid of around £30m would be enough to see Man Utd cash in. Football Insider subsequently reported Newcastle are ‘pushing ahead’ with a move.
McTominay is reportedly viewed as the perfect midfielder to help unleash Bruno Guimaraes. A midfield trio of McTominay flanked by Joelinton on the left and Guimaraes in more of a box-to-box role on the right is craved by Howe.
According to Whitwell, Man Utd may view selling homegrown star McTominay as merely part of a process that’ll help snatch Mason Mount from Chelsea.
The Blues ace looks set to leave Stamford Bridge this summer and his preferred destination is Man Utd. Liverpool and Arsenal have shown interest, but Mount only has eyes for the Red Devils.
Chelsea are understood to value their two-time and reigning Player of the Year around the £80m mark. However, with just one year on his contract and no sign of an extension, they’ll have to compromise.
A more realistic valuation is £60m and per Whitwell, £30m for McTominay could be added to £30m for goalkeeper Dean Henderson to help finance a move for Mount.
Dean Henderson to join Nottingham Forest outright?
Henderson, 26, is currently on loan at Nottingham Forest who are keen to sign him outright.
Doing so hinged entirely on Forest beating the drop. Their 1-0 victory over Arsenal last Saturday secured their Premier League status.
Whitwell added Forest are keen to bring Henderson back on board and an imminent new deal for David de Gea back at Old Trafford will embolden Henderson to leave.
Whitwell speculated Henderson and McTominay could generate a combined £60m which in his words “would almost cover the Mount purchase”.
Doing so would also leave Man Utd’s £100m transfer budget untouched and available to channel fully into a striker signing.
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