Man Utd to 'end Mason Mount pursuit' as they eye Chelsea revenge with alternative target


Manchester United are to end their pursuit of Chelsea and England star Mason Mount, according to reports. The Red Devils have reached an impasse over Mount and are now claimed to be plotting revenge on the Blues by attempting to sign Moises Caicedo.

Mount has been United's top midfield transfer target this summer. The 24-year-old has just one year remaining on his Chelsea contract and has rejected all offers of renewal so far.

United have previously been reported to have agreed personal terms with Mount. However, they have been unable to come to an agreement on a transfer fee.

United's latest offer worth up to £55million was rejected by Chelsea this week. The Blues want £65m for the former academy graduate despite his contract situation.

The Times says that has led to United pulling out of the running for Mount. The report claims Erik ten Hag will pursue other targets, including Brighton star Caicedo, who Chelsea are desperate to sign.

It is claimed United will also step up their attempts to sign a striker. Recruiting in attack is one of Ten Hag's priorities this summer, with Tottenham's Harry Kane and Atalanta youngster Rasmus Hojlund on his list of targets.

But the interest in Caicedo could send shockwaves through Chelsea. The Ecuador international is one of the top targets for Mauricio Pochettino in this window.

Caicedo had a stellar season for Brighton as the Seagulls qualified for the Europa League for the first time in their history. The 21-year-old received strong interest from Arsenal in January, with the Gunners seeing offers of up to £70m turned down.

Brighton refused to sell mid-season and then swiftly tied Caicedo down to a new long-term contract. But the feeling is they would sell at the right price this summer.

Chelsea are looking for midfield reinforcements following the departure of N'Golo Kante and the impending exit of Mateo Kovacic to Manchester City. However, United will attempt to sneak ahead in the race for Caicedo.

Meanwhile, Chelsea may be stuck with an unhappy player on their hands in Mount. Following the news that a third bid had been rejected, Relovo said there was 'disbelief' among Mount's representatives.

Mount missed much of the second half of last season due to injury. He will be able to speak to foreign clubs from next January regarding a free transfer if he stays at Chelsea and does not sign a new contract before then.

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