Mason Mount has one year left on his Chelsea contract – Getty Images /Catherine Ivill
Mason Mount will report for training and make himself available for Chelsea’s pre-season tour of the United States if a move to Manchester United remains on hold.
As reported by Telegraph Sport, United have left their third bid for Mount, which is worth £55 million, on the table but are not inclined to enter into face-to-face talks despite seeing it rejected by Chelsea.
That leaves Chelsea still having to decide whether or not to lower their £65 million valuation or allow Mount to return for pre-season next week under new head coach Mauricio Pochettino.
Pochettino, who starts work next Monday, is hoping that the majority of Chelsea’s wantaway players will have been sold by the time he flies with the squad to the United States on July 17.
Players are due to start returning to Chelsea’s Cobham training ground from next Tuesday, with those who have been on international duty with their countries getting some extra time off.
Pochettino would prefer not to take any players who are seeking moves on pre-season tour if possible, but it remains to be seen how feasible that is with a number of players’ futures still unresolved.
One of those is Mount, but the midfielder is set to tell Pochettino that he will continue to give everything for Chelsea while he is still a player at the club and that he is prepared to go on tour and work hard ahead of next season.
Manchester United have had three bids for Mount rejected by Chelsea, but the England international has not requested to leave the club, as others have, despite the fact he has not extended his contract.
It is understood that Pochettino, whose Chelsea contract does not start until July 1, has not involved himself in the Mount situation up until now, but the Argentine would be likely to meet with the player if his future remains unresolved once they start working together.
Incomings and outgoings at Stamford Bridge
One player who is unlikely to be part of the US tour, regardless of whether or not his future has been resolved by then, is striker Romelu Lukaku.
Chelsea have so far refused Inter Milan’s bid to take Lukaku on another season-long loan, while the Belgian has not accepted a lucrative move to Saudi Arabia on a permanent deal.
Inter may be in a better financial position to try to sign Lukaku permanently if they sell goalkeeper Andre Onana, who had been a target of Chelsea and is now interesting Manchester United.
Juventus are interested in Lukaku as a potential replacement for Dusan Vlahovic. Signing Vlahovic and sending Lukaku to Juventus would kill two birds with one stone for Chelsea, while reported interest in Lukaku from AC Milan is not expected to materialise.
Chelsea had been open to the prospect of Lukaku returning to work under Pochettino, but the 30-year-old has made it clear that his priority remains to stay in Italy.
Further talks over Lukaku’s future are planned for this week and there remains acknowledgement on all sides that it would be everybody’s interests, particularly those of Pochettino, to find a swift resolution.
Kai Havertz is expected to complete his move to Arsenal this week, with Mateo Kovacic on the verge of sealing his switch to Manchester City and Hakim Ziyech and Edouard Mendy ready to follow Kalidou Koulibaly to Saudi Arabia.
Chelsea have rejected an offer from Galatasaray to sign Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who also has interest from Saudi Arabia with the Blues still hoping to get a transfer fee for the 34-year-old. Talks are ongoing with AC Milan over a £15m deal for Ruben Loftus-Cheek and the Italians are also hoping to sign Christian Pulisic.
Chelsea are completing the signing of Villarreal forward Nicolas Jackson and are expected to bid for Brighton midfielder Moises Caicedo, while AC Milan goalkeeper Mike Maignan remains under consideration.
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