The rise and rise again of Chelsea's Mason Mount
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Chelsea continue to be linked with the likes of Jadon Sancho and Erling Haaland but already have their very own £100m star at the club. The Blues are looking to strengthen on the back of winning the UEFA Champions League and will be hoping to challenge for the Premier League title next campaign.
Thomas Tuchel praised the efforts of his players after the full-time whistle in Porto, though suggested that new arrivals may be necessary.
Recruiting a new striker has been listed as the club’s top priority in the coming weeks, with Timo Werner struggling to have an instant impact in his first Premier League season.
Jorginho ended the campaign as Chelsea’s top scorer in the league with seven goals, highlighting the team’s problems within the final thid.
The temptation may be to splash out on new attacking talent, but Mason Mount could serve as the answer to Chelsea’s problems.
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Mount enjoyed an extremely productive campaign, scoring nine goals and providing nine assists, and was named as Chelsea’s Player of the Year last month.
His performances have reached another level following Tuchel’s arrival and has resulted in a sharp rise in transfer value.
According to the latest data provided by the CIES Football Observatory, the England international is currently regarded as the tenth most valuable player in world football.
Regarded as a £106m talent, Mount is ahead of other young stars such as Mbappe (£101.7m), Sancho (103.9m).
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The CIES determines transfer value on variables such as a player’s age, performances, economic value of their club and inflation.
Manchester City’s Phil Foden topped the list at £163m and was closely followed by Manchester United duo Mason Greenwood (£153m) and Marcus Rashford (£137m).
Haaland secured fourth spot (£134m) and Bruno Fernandes took fifth place (£132). Frenkie de Jong (£119m), Pedri (£114m), Alphonso Davies (£113m) and Joao Felix (£110m) were the four remaining players that finished ahead of Mount.
The 22-year-old Chelsea star played a key role in the Blues claiming a second Champions League trophy in the club’s history, having scored in the quarter-final tie versus Porto and the semi-final showdown with Real Madrid.
Speaking after clinching the European Cup in Porto, Mount told BT Sport: “We are in a final and we won it. It’s such a special occasion.
“I can’t put it into words. It’s impossible. I’ve played in two [previous] finals for Chelsea and we lost them both. It’s all I’ve dreamt of, winning a trophy with Chelsea.
“To go all the way in the Champions League, we played some tough teams. At this moment in time, we’re the best team in the world. You can’t take that away from us.”
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