Real Madrid are reportedly scouting Chelsea playmaker Mason Mount, who has enjoyed a breakthrough season at Stamford Bridge.
According to a report from Spanish publication Don Balon, Real Madrid will have scouts keeping a keen eye on the Premier League, which resumed on Wednesday, with a special focus on Chelsea star Mason Mount.
The 21-year-old is a product of the youth academy at Chelsea, where he has been since 2005. He has had a couple of loan spells away from the club, at Vitesse Arnhem in 2017/18 and Derby County in 2018/19. The latter stint was a hugely successful one for the midfielder as he thrived at the Pride Park Stadium under Frank Lampard.
With Lampard taking over the Chelsea hotseat last summer, Mount got his big breakthrough into the Blues’ senior team and he hasn’t looked back. In 41 appearances across all competitions, the attacking midfielder has come up a return of 6 goals and 5 assists. His impressive form also led to a debut for the England national team last September.
Mount’s rapid rise at Stamford Bridge this season seems to have caught the eye of Real Madrid. As per the report, the Chelsea attacking midfielder will be one of the select players that Los Blancos will be monitoring now that the Premier League has resumed.
An attacking midfielder by trade, Mount has displayed tremendous versatility to play as a No.8, as well as on the flanks. This adaptability, coupled with his dynamic nature and the ability to score goals from the centre of the park have made Real Madrid an admirer, the report claims.
Real Madrid have a packed central midfield department as things stand, with Luka Modric, Toni Kroos, Isco and Federico Valverde at Zinedine Zidane’s disposal. However, the club will be in need of phasing out Modric, who has shown signs of age catching up with him this season, while Kroos, too, is in his thirties.
So, it makes sense that Real Madrid are looking at a young prospect such as Mount, who has thrived over the past couple of seasons, in order to add some new blood to their midfield department. The Merengues are also eyeing a summer swoop for Bayer Leverkusen’s Kai Havertz for the same reason.
However, prying away Mount from Chelsea at the moment will be an impossible task. The 21-year-old enjoys the faith of his manager and has repaid it with some scintillating displays this term. In addition, he penned a new long-term contract with the Blues last summer, extending his stay at the club till 2024. For now, all Real Madrid can do is continue to keep tabs on the young Englishman.