Manchester United icon Roy Keane has expressed doubts about the club’s reported interest in signing Chelsea midfielder Mason Mount.
As per The Telegraph, United have reached a personal agreement with Mount, edging out competition from Liverpool and Arsenal. While the transfer fee is yet to be agreed upon, United manager Erik ten Hag is reportedly confident that Mount will make the move to Old Trafford, with ten Hag actively pushing for the deal’s completion.
Following discussions between United and Chelsea last week, talks have progressed significantly, culminating in personal terms being agreed with Mount. The Chelsea academy graduate, who has only one year remaining on his current contract, is also being courted by other Premier League clubs.
However, Keane, when asked about United’s potential acquisition of Mount, expressed a lack of enthusiasm regarding the England international’s signing. Instead, the United legend expressed more excitement over reports linking the club to Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane.
According to The Telegraph, ten Hag views Mount as one of two crucial signings he wants to secure in the upcoming transfer window. He envisions utilizing Mount in a No. 8 role. The other player ten Hag is keen to bring to United is Kane, whose goal-scoring prowess and marketability make him an enticing target for the club.
During an interview with Sky Sports, Keane shared his reservations about Mount, stating,
“I wouldn’t be so sure about Mount. He’s gone off the boil a little bit. I know he can bounce back and he’s got qualities, but he’s just gone missing in the last year or two. He has faced some injuries and struggled to break into the Chelsea team even when they were not performing at their best.”
While acknowledging that United has been linked with numerous players, Keane emphasized that Kane would be the most exciting addition to the squad. However, he acknowledged the difficulty of convincing Tottenham Hotspur to sell their star striker to a direct Premier League rival. Keane also suggested that West Ham United’s Declan Rice would be a decent signing for United.
As speculation surrounding United’s transfer targets intensifies, Keane’s comments have added another layer of intrigue to the ongoing discussions.
The pursuit of Mount, which seemed promising, now faces scrutiny, with Keane questioning the player’s recent form and impact. With the prospect of securing Harry Kane’s signature appearing challenging, the decision-makers at Old Trafford face a significant dilemma as they seek to strengthen the squad for the upcoming season.