Chelsea are reportedly becoming increasingly concerned that Mason Mount could leave the club.
The 23-year-old has been a vital player for the Blues during the 2021-22 campaign, contributing 12 goals and 15 assists in 49 appearances in all competitions.
Mount has 10 goals and nine assists in 29 Premier League outings, meanwhile, having been a key player for Thomas Tuchel‘s side during the current season.
The England international only has little over two years left to run on his contract at Stamford Bridge, though, and according to The Sun, he is one of the lowest-paid players at the club on £70,000 a week.
The report claims that Chelsea are fearful that their off-the-field problems surrounding ownership of the club could lead to them losing the playmaker to either Liverpool or Manchester City.
Sanctions placed on current Blues owner Roman Abramovich are preventing the club from approaching Mount over a new deal at this moment in time.
Both Liverpool and Man City are believed to be keeping a close eye on the situation, with the pair ready to make a move if it becomes clear that the attacker is frustrated in the English capital.
The report claims that Citizens head coach Pep Guardiola is ‘a major fan’ of Mount, while Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is believed to be open to the idea of bringing him to Anfield in the near future.
Newcastle United are also allegedly keeping a close eye on the situation, with the Magpies now able to compete financially with any club in world football due to their lucrative takeover.
Mount has been with Chelsea since 2005, progressing through the various youth teams at the club before making his first-team debut in 2017.
The attacker enjoyed two impressive loan spells at Vitesse and Derby County before returning to become a first-team regular at Chelsea, and he has now represented the Blues on 156 occasions in all competitions, contributing 29 goals and 30 assists in the process.
Mount has started 24 Premier League matches during the 2021-22 campaign, appearing a further five times off the bench, and he played the full 90 minutes against Manchester United last time out.
The Chelsea youth product, who is capable of operating in a number of areas in the final third of the field, is also expected to be a key part of the England squad at the 2022 World Cup.
Mount is yet to win the Premier League but has enjoyed European success at Stamford Bridge, lifting the Champions League and UEFA Super Cup, in addition to last year’s Club World Cup.