Gary Neville has shared Roy Keane’s scepticism over Manchester United signing Chelsea midfielder Mason Mount this summer.
Mount, 24, looks set to become the first incoming transfer at Old Trafford this window after an agreement on a £60 million package for the English international.
A medical is reportedly booked in for Monday and the signing is likely to be complete before the end of that week.
However, there are various viewpoints about the incoming deal and whether Mount will improve United or not. He is set to bolster a midfield that includes Casemiro, Christian Eriksen and Bruno Fernandes.
Roy Keane has recently stated that he “wouldn’t be hanging his hat” on Mount improving The Reds, and his former teammate and fellow Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville has a similar assessment on the move.
“I am surprised about the Mason Mount one, to be honest with you,” said Neville last month, as quoted by Metro.
“For the reported £60 million fee… he is a very good player, that isn’t a question for me. But I look at the players United have got already in terms of Bruno Fernandes, Christian Eriksen, Casemiro, Fred and Scott McTominay.
“Do I think Mount is the player to go in and sort all that out? I’m not quite sure. I think you would have been better off going and playing £100 million plus on Jude Bellingham or £80-100 million on Declan Rice and getting something you think can be the real thing.
“Mount would be a very good addition to United’s squad, but it is a lot of money for a squad addition. Does Mount, Casemiro and Fernandes work as a midfield three?
“Spending £60 million, you have got to get that jump towards winning the league from third place. United, at this moment in time, they haven’t got the money and they haven’t got the promise of the new ownership to be able to throw the big money at players.”
Alongside a new midfield signing, it seems that Erik ten Hag is aiming to sign a goalkeeper and a striker.
Inter Milan shot-stopper Andre Onana seemed to be the favourite to take over David de Gea at Old Trafford but latest reports from De Telegraaf has suggested that United might have to look elsewhere due to the Champions League finalist’s £60 million price tag, with Feyenoord keeper Justin Bijlow on the radar.
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