Liverpool rivals round-up: Manchester United has agreed a deal with Chelsea over Mason Mount, while details have emerged from UEFA’s investigation into Manchester City.
Liverpool’s summer rebuild looks as though it could be about to move up another gear, with Dominik Szoboszlai the latest man in demand at Anfield.
Having already secured the signing of Alexis Mac Allister earlier this summer, Jürgen Klopp then went looking for signing number two, and he may well be closing in on his man. The ECHO, among others, have confirmed that Liverpool will pay the full release clause for the 22-year-old Hungarian.Reports emerged earlier this week that Liverpool was holding talks with RB Leipzig over Szoboszlai, although a transfer still seemed a fair way off at that point. Things have moved quickly though, and The Athletic outlined how the Reds were pushing ahead with a deal as the midfielder’s $77m (£60m/€70m) release clause was set to expire later today.
READ MORE: Jürgen Klopp already has his own Kai Havertz at Liverpool who Real Madrid wanted before transfer But the Reds aren’t the only ones getting some business done, and Manchester United looks to have finally broken down Chelsea’s resistance over Mason Mount.
Meanwhile, the spotlight is once again on Manchester City’s financial dealings as more details emerge over UEFA’s investigation into the club three years ago.
Here, Liverpool.com takes a scan around the other big sides in the Premier League and around Europe to take a look at the news going on at the other clubs.
Manchester United agrees Mason Mount deal
Manchester United has agreed a deal with Chelsea to sign Mason Mount, with the total fee expected to be around $77m (£60m/€70m) including add-ons (as per BBC Sport).
Mount will become United’s first new signing of the summer and will sign a five-year contract at Old Trafford, having previously been of interest to Liverpool.
The move, for the same price as Szoboszlai, incidentally, comes after talks between United and Chelsea took place earlier this week following three failed bids from Erik ten Hag’s side.
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Liverpool.com says: Considering the problems United has had in trying to get a deal for Mount over the line, it’s easy to see why Liverpool gave up on its pursuit of the Chelsea midfielder, especially now Szoboszlai looks as though he could be heading to Anfield with much less fuss.
Considering the fees involved for both players are the same as well, you would have to say Liverpool has got the better deal, especially when Mount had just a year left on his contract at Stamford Bridge. Even with United securing Champions League football ahead of the Reds, Liverpool is still outdoing them in the transfer market.
Man City ‘disguised’ two payments
UEFA concluded that Manchester City disguised two $19m (£15m/€18m) payments from a broker as sponsorship revenue during its investigation into the club (via Sky Sports).
A report by the adjudicatory committee of UEFA’s Club Financial Control Body (CFCB) has been obtained by the makers of a YouTube film released on Thursday, as well as being seen by The Times.