Manchester United have agreed to sign midfielder Mason Mount from Chelsea for £55m ($69m).
The agreement was confirmed on Thursday by two people with knowledge of negotiations that have been ongoing since the Premier League season ended.
The people spoke on condition of anonymity as the deal was not publicly announced.
Mount will sign a five-year contract with an option for an additional 12 months.
United will also have to pay an additional £5m ($6.3m) depending on the achievement of certain targets.
Mount has been one of United manager Erik ten Hag’s top targets this off-season as the club looks set to face a busy transfer window.
The Netherlands manager also wants a striker to replace Cristiano Ronaldo, who left the club last November to close the gap on league champions Manchester City.
A defender and a goalkeeper could also be targeted this summer.
Mount has developed into one of the best midfielders in the league through his training at Chelsea academy. With the London club he won the Champions League, the European Super Cup and the Club World Cup.
Mount played 195 games for Chelsea and scored 33 goals. During his time at the club he also established himself as a regular for England.
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Ten Hag is looking to build on an impressive first season at United, during which he led the team to League Cup success. United also qualified for the Champions League by finishing third in England’s top flight.
Goalkeeper David De Gea is a free agent this summer and has yet to sign a new contract. United have been linked with Inter Milan keeper Andre Onana and Brentford’s David Raya.
(This article was not edited by News18 staff and is published via a syndicated news outlet feed – Associated Press)
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