Chelsea have swiftly turned down Manchester United’s initial offer for midfielder Mason Mount.
Internally, United are aware of their financial limit and there is a significant difference in the valuations between the two clubs.
United are exploring alternative options and are willing to walk away from a deal if necessary.
Mount, who has one year remaining on his contract at Chelsea, is reportedly showing an inclination to make the switch.
United have set a specific price for the 24-year-old and are not willing to exceed it, considering Mount’s contract situation.
The club has identified other targets in case the move for Mount falls through, with Moises Caicedo from Brighton & Hove Albion being one player of long-standing interest.
United has expressed a desire to stay updated on any developments regarding the highly sought-after 21-year-old.
Additionally, United has expressed admiration for West Ham captain Declan Rice, who is expected to leave the club this summer. However, their ability to make significant signings may depend on funds generated from player sales and the progress of the ongoing takeover negotiations.
United’s top priority is to acquire at least one striker, but a move for Harry Kane appears increasingly unlikely as Tottenham Hotspur are reluctant to sell to a Premier League rival.
United has made initial inquiries about the availability of Atalanta’s Rasmus Hojlund and is monitoring Randal Kolo Muani from Eintracht Frankfurt, among other options.
The club is also considering a central defender if there are departures in that position.
The representatives of Napoli’s Min-Jae Kim are aware of United’s interest in the 26-year-old, who is believed to have a release clause of £42m that becomes active on July 1 for a limited period of 15 days.
Another player on United’s radar is Monaco’s Axel Disasi, with the French international expressing his desire for the move.
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