Date: 18th February 2023 at 9:56am
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Chelsea will be hoping to return to winning ways when they welcome Southampton to Stamford Bridge on Saturday. 

The Blues have won just two of their last 16 games across all competitions, with a 1-0 defeat to Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League on Wednesday piling more pressure on manager Graham Potter.

The ex-Brighton boss may see the visit of The Saints as an opportunity to get their season back on track, though, as the south coast side currently sit bottom of the Premier League table and are without a manager following the sacking of Nathan Jones last week.

Now, it appears that Potter faces losing one of his key players during the upcoming summer transfer window.

As per The Mail, Liverpool are plotting a move for midfielder Mason Mount, who is nearing the expiry of his current contract at Stamford Bridge.

The England international’s deal is set to expire next summer, and talks over an extension have so far failed to progress.

It is claimed that Mount, 24, wants to treble his current wages, which are believed to be around £80,000-per-week.

The midfielder, who graduated from Chelsea’s academy, has established himself as a regular for both The Blues and England in recent seasons, but his form has dipped this term.

Contract negotiations between Chelsea and Mount have so far failed to progress

Mount’s starting spot is no longer guaranteed following the arrival of Joao Felix on loan from Atletico Madrid last month, with the pair both thriving in similar positions.

With the player’s contract set to expire in less than 18 months, Chelsea could be forced to make a decision on his future this summer if an extension isn’t agreed.

Liverpool are said to have a long standing interest in Mount, and The Reds are expected to be in the market for at least one midfielder this summer.

The attacking midfielder made his debut for Chelsea back in 2019 and has since taken his tally to 190 games for the club.

In that time he has scored 33 goals and provided 37 assists, becoming a fans’ favourite at Stamford Bridge.

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