Chelsea already have a £106m player who is more valuable than Kylian Mbappe and Jadon Sancho
After laying their hands on the UEFA Champions League for the first time in nine years last weekend, Chelsea are now trying to piece together a plan for how they can compete to become Premier League title contenders once again.
After spending more than £220million last summer, almost everyone expected the Blues, who will discover their fixture list for the 2021/22 campaign later this month, to be in the mix for the title this time around.
However, an indifferent run of results around the Christmas period put pay to those hopes and ended up costing former head coach Frank Lampard his job towards the end of January.
The former England international was replaced at the helm by Thomas Tuchel. The German, who was available after being sacked by French giants Paris Saint-Germain, was drafted in to try and save the Blues’ season and lead them to a top-four finish.
As well as achieving that, he also guided them to the Champions League crown, with Kai Havertz netting the only goal of the game in last weekend’s final against Manchester City in Porto.
The fact that Chelsea will now enter the 2021/22 campaign as reigning champions of Europe is bound to help them attract new signings, with Tuchel understood to want to strengthen his squad by three, with a right-sided defender, a central-midfielder and a striker said to be at the very top of his wish list.
Landing a new goal-getter has to be the German’s top priority; scoring goals on a regular basis, certainly via one of the club’s recognised out-and-out strikers, has been a problem in recent months, with Timo Werner having struggled for form in his maiden season in England.
One player that the German has been able to rely on for efficiency in front of goal, however, is England international Mason Mount. The former Derby County loanee has scored more goals than any other Blues player since Tuchel took charge – six – and has seen himself take his performances to the next level.
Mount, since Tuchel arrived at Stamford Bridge, has silenced a tonne of his critics, producing impressive performance after impressive performance. His performances have been that good under the German that he recently attracted praise from fellow attacking-midfielder and Manchester United star Bruno Fernandes.
The Portugal international recently said: “I really like Mason Mount – he’s been consistent from the beginning of the season but, if people will watch numbers he’s not had so many goals as other players or assists as other players but, for me, as performances he’s been really, really top.”
Mount’s performances have been that impressive that his value has soared by more than £10m since January.
According to data provided by the CIES Football Observatory, the England ace now has a valuation of £106.3m, a jump from his previous valuation of £93.6m.
The latest data sees Mount sit tenth in the list of the highest-valued players in world football. The Chelsea academy graduate’s valuation of just over £106m sees him ahead of a series of big-name superstars, including Manchester City defender Ruben Dias and England teammate Bukayo Saka.
As well as finding himself ahead of those two on the list, Mount is also ahead of Borussia Dortmund winger and England teammate Jadon Sancho and Kylian Mbappe of PSG.
According to the data provided, Sancho is currently valued at £103.9million and Mbappe at £101.7million.
Taking into account that both Sancho and Mbappe are considered as two of the most exciting young talents in the world, it speaks volumes about the progress Mount has made in the last few months.
He has gone from strength to strength in all areas of his game and his ceiling has undoubtedly grown since working under Tuchel.
Whilst it is hard to compare Mount like-for-like with Sancho and Mbappe because they all play different roles, he is in the Chelsea side for the exact same reason Sancho and Mbappe are key figures for Dortmund and PSG: to create chances and score goals.
Thus, with that said, Mount has the potential to make it as one of the very best players in the world in the years that lie ahead.
The latest CIES figures currently have Manchester City star Phil Foden ranked as the most valued player in world football, with his price set at a jaw-dropping £163.6million. Manchester United duo Mason Greenwood and Marcus Rashford rank in second and third, respectively.