Chelsea identify Gabri Veiga as Mason Mount replacement

Chelsea midfielder Mason Mount and Celta Vigo midfielder Gabri Veiga
With Mason Mount on the brink of a transfer away from Chelsea, Gabri Veiga is a likely replacement for his position, according to reports.

Chelsea midfielder Mason Mount and Celta Vigo midfielder Gabri Veiga

Chelsea will reportedly make a move for Celta Vigo star Gabri Veiga after Mason Mount completes his move to Manchester United this summer.

Mount has been the subject of strong speculation in recent months and his move to Manchester United seemed to take a step closer on Thursday with Italian journalist, Fabrizio Romano confirming an agreement has been reached between the two clubs for a £60 million ($75m) package.

Should Mount’s medical and personal terms all be agreed, the Blues will make a move for their top target in Veiga according to the Evening Standard.

The Spanish prodigy has a release clause of £34.6m ($43.6m) and is viewed as the perfect attacking midfield reinforcement.

The Blues already started internal discussions about finding replacements for Mount. They prepare for a life without their academy prodigy. Mount  was tipped to follow in the footsteps of club legend, Frank Lampard.

Last week, Manchester United had their offer of £55million for the English midfielder rejected. After submitting an improved offer of £55m plus £5m in add- ons, the bid was accepted.

With Mount keen to join United, his entourage has continuously said the player is ready to walk away from Chelsea for free. As his contract expires next summer if the move does not go through.

Chelsea’s initial plan was to sign one defensive midfielder this summer to play alongside £106.7m January signing Enzo Fernandez. Brighton’s Moises Caicedo remains their primary target.

The success of their clear-out of unwanted players means Chelsea are also increasingly open to signing a more attacking midfielder.

Veiga is their top target for that position and the 21-year-old has a release clause of £34.6m.

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