Liverpool will be frontrunners to sign Mason Mount this summer if he can't agree a new Chelsea contract... with the England star among Jurgen Klopp’s top midfield targets, along with Jude Bellingham and Matheus Nunes
- Mason Mount's contract with Chelsea is set to expire in the summer of 2024
- He is yet to extend his deal, with a stand-off between the midfielder and club
- Liverpool are planning a midfield rebuild and Mount is well-liked at Anfield
Liverpool will be frontrunners in the race to sign Chelsea midfielder Mason Mount this summer if the 24-year-old is unable to agree a new contract at Stamford Bridge.
Mount - who has been with the Blues since the age of six - is yet to extend his deal with the club ahead of it expiring in the summer of 2024.
Sportsmail previously reported how there is a contract stand-off between Mount and Chelsea as a significant gap exists between the parties in negotiations.
The England international - who has been the club's Player of the Year during the last two campaigns - is believed to want to treble his £80,000-a-week wages, which would put him in line with the other senior players and new signings.
Liverpool are known to be admirers of Mount and Jurgen Klopp is expected to undergo a significant midfield rebuild this summer.
Liverpool will be frontrunners to sign Mason Mount if he can't agree a new Chelsea contract
Jurgen Klopp is planning a midfield rebuild this summer and Mount is well-liked at Anfield
Wolves midfielder Matheus Nunes (L) and Dortmund star Jude Bellingham (R) are also targets
The Reds have endured a disappointing campaign and currently languish in sixth place, while they were knocked out of the FA Cup and Carabao Cup at relatively early stages.
They also lost the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie to Real Madrid 5-2 at Anfield last week.
Klopp's side have woefully been exposed in midfield this season, with several long-serving players such as Fabinho struggling for form, while Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are expected to depart upon the expiry of their contracts and James Milner's current deal also runs out in the summer.
It is understood that if Mount was unable to pen a new deal at Stamford Bridge, the Blues hierarchy would be open to selling him in the summer to avoid the midfielder departing on a free transfer in 2024.
If this were to be the case, the Reds would be seen as strong contenders to bring him in and Mount's playing style would be a good fit for Klopp's high-intensity philosophy.
Liverpool are also in the running for Jude Bellingham along with several other top European clubs, with the Borussia Dortmund star expected to be on the market at the end of the season.
Some reports have suggested Klopp's side are the favourites for the English wonderkid, who is likely to cost around £132m.
Similarly, the Reds are also admirers of Wolves midfielder Matheus Nunes who has impressed at Molineux since his £38m move.
Furthermore, reports broke last month that some Chelsea officials have even become resigned to Mount not extending his contract.
Mount has played 192 times for Chelsea since coming through the club's academy, scoring 33 goals.
He was part of Chelsea's Champions League winning side in 2021 and has played for England in two major tournaments, racking up 36 caps in the process.
Mount has started 20 of Chelsea's 24 Premier League games this season, but has struggled for form over recent weeks, scoring just once and adding one assist in his last 14 appearances.
Last month, Chelsea boss Graham Potter admitted the contract talks are complicated, but expressed hope the situation can be resolved quickly.
Mount has played 192 times for Chelsea since breaking through and also won 36 England caps
The midfielder is believed to want to treble his £80,000-a-week wages in any new contract
'It is always complicated, there's always negotiations,' Potter said. 'It is best that I leave it between Mason and the club.
'It is the best way for that to be dealt with. As far as I am concerned, he is fantastic to work with.
'He is an important player for us. I hope it gets resolved quickly.'
Mount has scored three times and contributed six assists in 32 appearances in all competitions this season.
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