Date: 29th May 2023 at 6:42pm
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Chelsea have confirmed that former Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino has officially become the club’s new head coach. 

The Blues announced on Monday that the Argentine had penned a two-year deal with the club, succeeding interim boss Frank Lampard.

Pochettino will have plenty of work to do this summer as the west London outfit look to bounce back from their worst ever Premier League campaign.

Chelsea have signed 16 players in the past 12 months at a cost of more than £500 million, suggesting that several players could leave the club during the upcoming window.

One of the most high profile players that has been linked with a departure is midfielder Mason Mount, and it now appears that one of Chelsea’s biggest rivals could be closing in on his signature.

As per Football Insider, Manchester United are confident of beating rivals Liverpool to the signing of Mount.

The 24-year-old’s current contract is set to expire next summer and talks over an extension have so far failed to produce an agreement.

Mount looks almost certain to leave Chelsea this summer

With that in mind, the Blues could choose to sell Mount this summer rather than losing him for free next year.

Liverpool were initially touted as the player’s most likely destination, but United have since emerged as contenders and are now said to be confident of agreeing a deal.

Pochettino is reportedly set for talks with the England international in an attempt to persuade him to stay put, but if a deal can’t be agreed then the London side will sell Mount this summer.

Having made his debut for Chelsea in 2019, Mount has now made 195 appearances for the club.

He has scored 33 goals and provided 37 assists across all competitions during that time, and played a key role as Chelsea won the Champions League in 2021.

Chelsea will reportedly demand around £70 million if they are forced to sell Mount, who spent time on loan with both Vitesse Arnhem and Derby County as a youngster.

Mount, who is believed to currently earn around £80,000-per-week, is said to be demanding a new deal that would move him in line with some of the club’s highest earners.

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