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Man United can sign dream Mason Mount teammate to unleash Bruno Fernandes with £50m transfer

Mason Mount may be significantly impacted by the Manchester United transfer rumours surrounding Chelsea midfielder Conor Gallagher, who is the most recent player linked to a move to Old Trafford.

Mason Mount may be significantly impacted by the Manchester United transfer rumours surrounding Chelsea midfielder Conor Gallagher, who is the most recent player linked to a move to Old Trafford.

Mason Mount is still waiting to hit top form at Manchester United after his move from Chelsea (Image: Andrew Kearns – CameraSport via Getty Images)

Manchester United has not yet reaped many benefits from their summertime £60 million investment in Mason Mount. His season never took off, even though he arrived with traits and a style that seemed appropriate for Erik ten Hag’s style.

Now, with the hope and anticipation of more to come, Mount will begin his second year with the club under Ten Hag. He scarcely has any more to bring back.

Mount was an enormous loss for United. He was the perfect player for Ten Hag because of his discipline, tactical adaptability, and midfield intensity. Even though he had left Chelsea with aches and pains, his remarkable fitness record and knack for scoring goals at the time made him a serious contender.

Prior to the 2024–2025 campaign, plans call for him to be fully exploited and released in a United team that may look very different. Not only are Jadon Sancho, Casemiro, Victor Lindelof, and Aaron Wan-Bissaka unlikely to leave, not to mention the potential departures of Marcus Rashford and Christian Eriksen, but Raphael Varane and Anthony Martial have already gone.

Even with Kobbie Mainoo prepared for a major part right away, if the midfield pool was limited in the past, it surely appears thin on paper. Mount’s absence from the situation last year was so great that he can hardly be considered involved.

It’s not surprising that well-known figures are becoming possibilities for targets given the prospective alterations that could occur in the middle of the park. No, Joao Gallagher, not Joao Neves, Joao Palhinha, Joao Gomes.

Gallagher stands out in this group both by first name and style. It would be easy to brush this off after being stung by the move of Mount and the obvious parallels and overlap between Gallagher and Moint thus far. However, it makes some sense.

Given how Mount was portrayed prior to his arrival, much of the reasoning may irritate you, but it still makes sense. Gallagher is extremely fit; he started and finished many games for Chelsea last season, missing just one due to suspension. He also possesses an endless supply of energy.

Gallagher showed last year just how good he can be on the ball. He frequently served as the team’s anchor when in possession, illuminating more costly and prestigious teammates with his effectiveness. The 24-year-old still has an eye for goal and presses very hard.

Although Mount is better as an aggressive No. 8 or even further forward, he is less attack-minded than him, but he still smashes the box when necessary. Gallagher is a versatile player who can play a number of positions and is tenacious in the tackle.

Few players can match Chelsea’s asking price of £50 million for a more well-rounded skill set. Additionally, he differs from Mount enough to make a transfer feasible.

Gallagher improves others around him, puts in the work, and frequently gets overlooked for his contributions and role. There would be less urgency on the former Chelsea player to scurry around behind Mount than there was during his few appearances last season. Bruno Fernandes would also have more freedom as a result.

The problem is in the fact that hiring someone to assist Mount with his performances is not the best use of the money that was initially invested in him. It was and still is expected that Mount would handle this himself in exchange for the money paid. But United could do much worse than pursue Gallagher if the midfield splits apart as much as it possibly can this summer.

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