Reports claim Newcastle United are monitoring the situation closely as Mason Mount appears no nearer penning fresh terms with Chelsea.
The 23-year-old has spent his entire career on the Chelsea books after coming through the club’s youth teams. He did enjoy loan spells at both Vitesse and Derby County but is now firmly established as a key first-team member. However, the England international’s contract expires in the summer of 2024.
There have been talks over a new contract but dialogue has reached an impasse, according to The Telegraph. That is despite Mount stating he had confidence in new owner Todd Boehly ahead of talks getting under way earlier this year.
The two parties may well come to an agreement before too long. But, with the World Cup set to dominate proceedings for the next few weeks, it is unlikely talks will resume until the new year.
Mount has made it clear he wants to remain at Stamford Bridge. But the vultures will start to circle if he is still on his same contract at the start of 2023-2024.
Newcastle chief Eddie Howe is a known admirer of the talented forward.
It is claimed he was eager to secure a loan deal for the Portsmouth-born ace while in charge of Bournemouth.
That did not happen but it seems as though the Magpies chief is still a fan of the Blues schemer.
He would not come cheap. But there is now an abundance of cash as St James’ Park, with the board prepared to back Howe’s revolution.
And it seems as though the north-east outfit would be serious players in the race to sign Mount if he was placed on the market.
Mount seen as key man in Potter’s Chelsea
Mount made his Chelsea debut against Manchester United in August 2019. He has gone on to enjoy 181 outings in all competitions, scoring 32 goals.
Graham Potter has backed the attacking midfielder, starting him in each of his Premier League games in charge.
He has scored twice this term and is set to take his pace in the England side for the upcoming World Cup.
Mount has earned 32 caps to date, scoring five goals for Gareth Southgate’s side.
He was on the score sheet as the Three Lions drew 3-3 with Germany in the Nations League back in September.
There is no question that Chelsea want to keep him in west London but rumours persist that there is work to be done on a new contract.
Potter is expected to be handed funds to improve his squad in January. But it may be that the best piece of work for the ex-Brighton boss would be to nail down Mount to a new long-term deal.
Reece James inked a new six-year deal with the Blues back in September. And fans will be hoping that Mount follows suit sooner rather than later to end speculation over his future.
For now, all Howe and Newcastle can do is watch from afar. But the club’s lofty status makes them an attractive proposition for a player of Mount’s status.
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