Darren Bent claims ‘Liverpool are sniffing’ for Mason Mount’s signature, as the playmaker wants ‘£250k-a-week’ at Chelsea, as he told talkSPORT.
The 24-year-old has less than 18 months left to run on his contract at Stamford Bridge, with Chelsea and the player in question in dialogue over a new deal.
Whilst that hasn’t been resolved, Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool have expressed an interest in the London-based star, who now has plenty of competition to deal with.
In recent years, Mount has been a key figure for whoever has been in the dugout from Frank Lampard to Thomas Tuchel, but could this recent spending spree change matters?
Enzo Fernandez has arrived for a British record transfer fee, whilst the attack has been littered with the likes of Joao Felix and Mykhailo Mudryk.
Mount can play alongside these players, no doubt, but with Graham Potter’s Pep Guardiola-like roulette methods with selection, you never know, nonetheless, Darren Bent shared his thoughts on the midfielder’s future.
Potentially not (Mason Mount not getting much game time if everyone is fit),” said Bent. “They are also talking that he wants £250k-a-week.
Apparently that’s what he wants and it’s where the stumbling block is. He’s not going to get that. The only thing is though, he is one of their own, so you know what it’s like.
“I think Reece James is their highest earner and rightly so. I would say £300k-a-week or £280k-a-week.
“Mason Mount is a funny one because Liverpool are sniffing. But if you got the chance, and I think Mount is a great player, you’re not getting them both. But if you are getting Bellingham or Mason Mount, then you are going Bellingham, right?!”
MOUNT ISN’T WHAT LIVERPOOL NEED
Whilst Mount has the energy and off-the-ball qualities to play in a Liverpool system, he’s not what the club need.
That box-to-box talent is needed. Someone with a better defensive brain. A player whose presence alone can cause issues.
In truth, one of those types of players aren’t just needed, but at least two on Merseyside. Either way, that’s something Liverpool can’t dwell on too much right now because they are at serious risk of blowing up their season.