Former Arsenal and England winger Paul Merson has urged Chelsea owner Todd Boehly not to sell midfielder Mason Mount, stating that it would be “bad business” to allow him to join a Premier League rival. Mount has been a crucial player for Chelsea over the past four seasons, making 192 appearances for the Blues and helping them win the Champions League under Thomas Tuchel. However, the 24-year-old’s form has dropped off in 2023, and talks over a contract extension have stalled, leading to speculation over his future at Stamford Bridge.
With Mount’s current contract set to expire in 2024, Chelsea could look to sell the midfielder this summer to avoid losing him for nothing in another 12 months’ time. Liverpool, Manchester United, and Manchester City have all been linked with moves for Mount, and Chelsea have reportedly started looking at possible replacements for the Blues academy graduate.
But Merson believes that selling Mount would be “bad business” and says that there are “so many players” that could be “shipped out” before the England star. “Mason Mount was by far Chelsea’s best player last season. He was outstanding,” said Merson. “It’s different when you come through the ranks at a football club because you cost nothing. When you get bought for a lot of money, you’re viewed as more of an asset.”
“Whoever gets Mason Mount has got the biggest result ever. The kid can play. It’s bad business by Chelsea – they should give him what he’s asking for. You don’t offload your best players. There are so many players that need to get shipped out of this Chelsea squad before Mount.”
“When you hear whispers of the teams that want to buy him, that tells you everything you need to know. If Liverpool go and get Mount and then Jude Bellingham, who could also go to Liverpool, you’ve got a title-contending team. Why would you want to chance that if you’re Chelsea? Why would you make them stronger? I’m a huge fan of Mount; he’s a top-class player.”
“He’s not playing at the moment because of his contract situation. With the size of the squad, they aren’t going to pick a player who won’t sign a new contract.” Merson’s comments come as Chelsea target Fulham midfielder as a potential Mason Mount replacement.
The January transfer window is now closed, but there are still plenty of rumours circulating about potential summer moves. For all the latest news and rumours, check out Metro.co.uk’s dedicated transfer hub.