Mason Mount is set to be announced as a Manchester United player on Wednesday, having undergone medical tests and closing the paperwork on his £60 million move from Chelsea.
The midfielder posted an emotional farewell to the club and its fans, claiming that the transfer was best for his future. Mount had a year left on his contract at Stamford Bridge following the end of the season.
Mount was in Carrington on Monday for medicals and to finalise the agreement, which will see United pay a guaranteed £55 million with the remainder in add-ons. He has committed to a long-term contract worth five years with the possibility of one additional season.
Despite the fact that he is only a year away from being a free agent, United believe his transfer fee is fair for what he will contribute to Erik Ten Hag’s club despite dragging their feet initially about the asking price.
It also ends his career at Chelsea, where he rose through the ranks at the club’s Cobham training centre under Neil Bath and Jim Fraser, progressing from the Academy to the first team.
Mount broke into the first team in 2019, the same year he won his first of 36 England caps.
“Given the speculation over the last six months, this may not come as a surprise to you but it doesn’t make it any easier to tell you that I’ve made the decision to tell you that I have made a decision to leave Chelsea,” he said.
“I feel you deserve more than just a written statement so I wanted to tell you directly how grateful I have been and for all of your support over the last 18 years. I know some of you won’t be happy with my decision but it is what is right for me at this moment in my career.”
The Englishman will be the first summer signing for Man United who are still looking to add more to the squad before the start of the 2023/24 season.