Man Utd’s midfield is set to undergo a major shake-up.
Manchester United have given the go-ahead. Initially, they were hoping to sign Declan Rice (West Ham). However, they have now switched to Mason Mount (Chelsea).
“Manager Eric ten Haag has told club officials that he wants to sign Mount instead of Rice, who is likely to move to Arsenal,” The Sun reported on 25 January.메이저놀이터
Mount is a ‘hot potato’ at Chelsea and his contract with the Blues ends next June. Mauricio Pochettino, who has been booked as Chelsea manager, is strongly keen to keep him. However, the player’s heart is not in Chelsea.
However, Van Gaal is not willing to pay more than £60 million for the player as he has only one year left on his contract. At the same time as they are pursuing Mount, United have also begun to clean house.
Firstly, Scott McTominay looks set to leave. Newcastle United are currently interested in McTominay. West Ham manager David Moyes is also hoping to sign McTominay as a replacement for Rice.
United’s ‘sore thumb’ Donny van der Beek is also parting ways with the club. The Dutchman had high hopes when Erik van der Vaart took over at Ajax this season.
However, the Dutchman was unable to turn things around. Van der Beek made just two starts and five substitute appearances in the English Premier League (EPL) this season. He has played just 164 minutes.
A United source told The Sun: “The club are keen to make Mount a United player. He can come straight into the first team and make a positive difference. However, they are not prepared to pay stupid money and have set a threshold of £60m.” “Mason was attracted to the idea of being linked with a number of England team-mates such as Luke Shaw, Marcus Rashford and Harry Maguire. He has now clearly identified United as the club he wants to go to.”
On van der Vaart, he added: “Part of the club thought he could be turned around by Van Gaal, who got the best out of him at Ajax. But it didn’t work out that way. Van der Vaart will move on in the summer. He will probably leave the EPL and look for a second chance.”