Mason Mount has completed his initial £55m transfer from Chelsea to become Erik ten Hag’s first summer signing as the Manchester United manager seeks to improve on last season’s Carabao Cup win and third-place finish. Mount has signed a contract to 2028 with an option to extend by a year.
The 24-year-old bolsters Ten Hag’s creative options, with Mount operating mainly in advanced midfield or as a No 10 where he will provide competition for Christian Eriksen and Bruno Fernandes. The fee will rise to £60m if Mount contributes to a number of successful team achievements.
“I can’t wait to be part of this group’s drive to win major trophies,” Mount said. “Everyone can see that the club has made big steps forward under Erik ten Hag. Having met with the manager and discussed his plans, I couldn’t be more excited for the seasons ahead, and am ready for the hard work expected here.”
David de Gea’s future at United remains in flux after the club allowed his contract to expire at the end of last month. The Spaniard got married last weekend and United plan to resume discussions with him.
The 32-year-old has been the No 1 almost continually since signing in summer 2011 but after a series of errors by De Gea last season, Ten Hag is considering replacing him, with Internazionale’s André Onana a target. Ten Hag also has Tom Heaton, De Gea’s No 2, and Dean Henderson, who returned to United after a season’s loan at Nottingham Forest, as options.