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Man Utd have massively overpaid for Mason Mount with £60m deal


For Chelsea: Another unwanted player off the payroll. The way in which Mount has plummeted down the pecking order at Chelsea is puzzling. At one point, he looked like the kind of homegrown hero they'd build a new, winning team around. Yet last season he scored just three goals and spent the majority of his time on the bench. So, whatever one thinks about Mount's attributes as a player, as soon as he became expendable, it was important to secure as big a fee as possible for him before he entered the final year of his contract. Chelsea have done exactly that, getting £60m for a player that was - rightly or wrongly - surplus to requirements. Job done. Grade: B+

For Manchester United: A somewhat strange choice. Mount is capable of fulfilling a variety of roles between the midfield and the attack, and versatility is always useful. He's also a very hard worker, which is why he's proven so popular with many of his managers. But he's not a generational talent, he's not a game-changer, and he doesn't appear to be exactly what United need right now. Mount should certainly prove useful, but while the price is not astronomical, it's certainly not value for money, especially when one considers what Liverpool and Spurs have paid for Alexis Mac Allister and James Maddison, respectively. Grade: C

For Mount: A glorious chance to get his career back on track. Mount didn't just lose his place in the Chelsea starting XI last season, he also lost his spot in the England squad. This transfer, then, is a very badly needed change of scenery. Getting into the United line-up won't be easy, at least not in his preferred position, with Bruno Fernandes very much the main attacking midfielder at Old Trafford. But, given the money involved, Erik ten Hag clearly feels that Mount can add something to his side - most likely as a No.8 - and that's all that matters right now. Grade: A

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