Newcastle enter the race for Chelsea midfielder Mason Mount, with the Magpies set to rival Liverpool for the England star… but the England star could still sign a new deal at Stamford Bridge
Newcastle have joined the pursuit for Chelsea midfielder Mason Mount.
The England star’s deal expires in summer 2024 and he has rebuffed multiple contract offers from the club.
The Blues are determined not to lose Mount for nothing when his deal runs out and so if an extension cannot be agreed this summer, they will look to sell him.
Liverpool are keen on the 24-year-old, but Sportsmail understands Newcastle are also now in the hunt.
The Magpies have among the deepest pockets in world football because of their highly controversial Saudi Arabian owners.
Newcastle have joined the pursuit for Chelsea attacking midfielder Mason Mount (pictured)
His contract is set to expire in summer 2024 and the Blues do not want to lose him for nothing
If an extension cannot be agreed, Newcastle and Liverpool will be in the hunt for his signature
The Magpies have some of the deepest pockets in world football after their Saudi takeover
Eddie Howe’s side want to sign some marquee names but are limited in what business they can do because of Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules.
Newcastle have spent more than £165million this season on the likes of Alexander Isak (£60m), Anthony Gordon (£45m), Sven Botman (£35m) and a further £25m combined on Nick Pope and Matt Targett.
The club, currently four points behind fourth-placed Tottenham in the final Champions League spot with two games in hand, is an attractive project and qualification for European football will help attract top players.
But their limited budget is an issue, and Newcastle know deals will become more difficult and more expensive the more their interest in certain players is made clear.
They admire Bayer Leverkusen wonderkid Florian Wirtz and Leicester winger Harvey Barnes, and still want cover and competition for Fabian Schar at right centre-back.
Mount could be available for cheaper than expected this summer given his contract situation and Chelsea’s determination not to see him depart on a free like defenders Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen did last summer.
He is an academy graduate and so a sale would count as profit on the Blues’ balance sheets, helping them comply with FFP regulations.
Manchester United, Manchester City and Juventus are also said to be interested in the 36-cap international’s signature if Chelsea do decide to cash in.