Date: 12th December 2022 at 11:49am
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England were left frustrated by the officiating during their World Cup quarter-final defeat to France on Saturday. 

A number of decisions seemed to go in favour of the reigning champions, who booked their place in the semi-finals of the competition with a 2-1 win over The Three Lions.

England had already had VAR to thank for awarding them a penalty after referee Wilton Sampaio had overlooked a challenge on Bukayo Saka, and they once again relied on the video assistants to award a second spotkick late in the game for a foul on Mason Mount.

The Chelsea midfielder had only just been substituted on when he was barged over by Theo Hernandez, although Harry Kane missed the chance to send the tie to extra-time.

Despite the loss, Mount impressed during his late cameo and it appears that he is now a target for one of Europe’s biggest clubs.

According to Calciomercato via The Mirror, Juventus are interested in signing the midfielder, who has been one of Chelsea’s most impressive players in recent seasons.

The report claims that the Italian side are prepared to allow three players to leave the club in order to make way for Mount, who is set to be out of contract in the summer of 2024.

Mount, 23, will be the target of a move from Juventus at the end of the current campaign, the report says.

Mount could be on his way to Turin

The three players that will be allowed to leave the Serie A side prior to that are Leandro Paredes, Adrien Rabiot and Weston McKennie.

The trio have all been involved in the World Cup with their respective nations, with Rabiot and McKennie having been particularly impressive for France and the USA respectively.

Paredes is currently on loan at Juventus from French side Paris Saint-Germain, but the Italian club aren’t expected to take up the option to extend the midfielder’s stay in Turin.

McKennie, meanwhile, will be available for around £25 million according to the report, with Tottenham Hotspur one of the clubs interested.

Rabiot is set to be out of contract next summer and has previously admitted his desire to play in the Premier League, meaning he may also leave to make way for Mount.

With Mount entering into the final 18 months of his contract in the new year, there is pressure on The Blues to agree an extension with the player if they are to avoid losing him.

If an agreement can’t be reached, Mount would be free to sign a pre-contract agreement with any foreign club from January 2024.

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