Manchester United have completed the signing of midfielder Mason Mount from Chelsea, the club announced on Wednesday.
The 24-year-old midfielder is Erik Ten Hag‘s first signing of the summer in a transfer deal worth an initial £55m, plus a possible £5m in add-ons.
Mount has signed a five-year contract with the option for a further year.
“It’s never easy leaving the club where you grew up, but Manchester United will provide an exciting new challenge for the next phase of my career,” Mount said in a statement.
“Everyone can see that the club has made big steps forward under Erik ten Hag. Having met with the manager and discussed his plans, I couldn’t be more excited for the seasons ahead, and am ready for the hard work expected here.”
Chelsea rejected United’s first three bids for Mount before an agreement was reached. The London club spent £600m last season and needed to sell to ease Financial Fair Play (FFP) concerns.
They preferred not to lose a player who joined them aged six, but were unable to negotiate a new contract with his deal set to expire next year.
Mount, who has scored 33 goals in 195 appearances for Chelsea since making his senior debut in 2019, missed the end of the domestic season with injury as the Blues came 12th – their lowest finish for more than 25 years.
He won the Champions League in 2021 with Chelsea and started during the side’s 1-0 win over Manchester City in the final. He also won the Fifa Club World Cup and Uefa Super Cup with the Blues.
Mount has been capped 36 times by England, scoring five goals, and was part of Gareth Southgate’s squad for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.