Manchester United are considering a swap offer to Chelsea to try and get the Mason Mount deal over the line.
No fee has yet been agreed with Chelsea for the England international midfielder.
The Telegraph reported this week that Mason Mount has agreed personal terms over a move to Old Trafford.
It was claimed by The Mail that Manchester United will offer £55 million for Mount. Chelsea want a staggering £85 million, and so there will have to be a compromise.
Harry Maguire to be offered to Chelsea
Maguire has fallen out of favour at Old Trafford since his £80 million move from Leicester City in 2019.
With only eight Premier League starts this season, Maguire needs to move in order to play regularly and retain his international place.
While Chelsea are not light on defenders, many are expected to be sold this summer and new boss Mauricio Pochettino may want to bring in his own men.
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Tottenham were linked with Maguire when Pochettino was manager and Maguire was still at Hull City, but a deal could not be done at the time.
Former Spurs defender Danny Rose told The Lockdown Tactics podcast in 2020: “I remember we played Hull at White Hart Lane [in December 2016] and we won 3-0. Mauricio was manager and the gaffer was all over Harry. I think they [Tottenham] were in for him.
“Once Poch took a liking to him I started to notice him straight away after that. It’s been a great journey for him.”
Swap would be a win for United
Manchester United are reported to be keen to offload Harry Maguire this summer and get his wages off the club’s books.
Chelsea are one of the few clubs who could afford to match or pay close to his United salary, and this would decrease the need to ‘pay £10 million’ to Maguire as compensation for him taking a reduced wage, as speculated via The Mail.
But the main aspect of this swap deal, if it came off, would be removing a player Erik ten Hag does not see as a regular, and bringing in a player he has hand-picked, who he wants at Old Trafford.
It may be a long-shot that Chelsea bite on this, but there is nothing for United to lose by proposing it and seeing it appeals to Todd Boehly’s scattergun regime.