The Athletic’s top transfer guru, David Ornstein, broke the news on Wednesday night that Mason Mount was favouring a move to Manchester United over Liverpool and Arsenal.
The news came a matter of hours after it was revealed that Chelsea valued the England international at £85m, which is an astronomical figure for a player desperately out of form, recovering from a hip injury and with only a year left on his contract.
Enter the club who have a history of vastly overpaying for players: Manchester United. But, Arsenal fans shouldn’t be worried.
3 alternatives to Mason Mount for Arsenal
1. Ilkay Gundogan
Ilkay Gundogan is one of Man City, and the Premier League’s most decorated players, and has just captained his side to a fifth title in six years. The midfielder could yet finish the season with a treble, also.
The German international has become arguably the best left-eight in the world during his time in Manchester and is very much on the market this summer with his contract expiring this summer.
If Arsenal were to sign Gundogan, he will instantly raise the quality, bring a winning mentality in and replace the experience left by Granit Xhaka, but what he won’t offer is a long-term solution or a player who can play every game.
Despite managing almost 50 games a season for City, Gundogan’s minutes are very carefully managed, and he would have to be heavily rotated, so this signing would have to be accompanied by one other.
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