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Chelsea might already have perfect Mason Mount replacement who won’t cost a penny after stunning Under-20 World Cup displays

Bynewsmagzines

Jun 4, 2023
Chelsea might already have perfect Mason Mount replacement who won't cost a penny after stunning Under-20 World Cup displays

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Chelsea might be about to lose Mason Mount but there is a potential replacement waiting in the wings.

Manchester United have agreed personal terms with Mount and are negotiating with Chelsea over a fee, talkSPORT understands.

Mount has had contract troubles at Chelsea

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Mount has had contract troubles at ChelseaCredit: Getty

There has not been a breakthrough yet but the Red Devils are confident that they can strike a deal while Liverpool and Arsenal are also interested.

But while losing the 24-year-old would be a huge blow to incoming manager Mauricio Pochettino, one youngster might soften the blow.

Cesare Casadei, who joined Chelsea last summer, has been in breathtaking form during the Under-20 World Cup with Italy, where he has taken the tournament by storm.

In five games for the Azzurri, the midfielder has scored six times and grabbed one assist and is the hot favourite to win the competition’s MVP award.

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That has made the former Inter Milan ace the top scorer at the World Cup so far.

It is not just his prowess in front of goal that has impressed from midfield but his overall stats have been excellent.

He has made 216 passes with an 83 per cent pass accuracy, five of which have been key passes.

Casadei has also completed seven out of 11 dribbles, made seven tackles and won 60 per cent of his duels, also winning a penalty.

Casadei has been sensational for Italy

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Casadei has been sensational for ItalyCredit: Getty
He scored the winner against England to knock them out

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He scored the winner against England to knock them outCredit: Getty

The 20-year-old has provided Italy with an all-action bundle of a midfielder capable of most jobs in both boxes.

His country are currently in the semi-finals of the World Cup where they will face either Nigeria or South Korea.

Italy knocked England out of the tournament on Wednesday and it was Casadei that dealt the damage, scoring an 87th-minute penalty to send the Young Lions home.

So if Mount leaves Stamford Bridge this summer – which looks very likely at this moment – Pochettino might just have a secret weapon up his sleeve.

The Argentine has made a career out of developing youngsters into formidable players and Casadei might be the latest benefactor of that.

With Chelsea looking to sell players rather than bring more in, having a potential star already in the mix could be huge for the future of the club.

Casadei has already had a taster of English football, starring for Reading in the second-half of the season in the Championship.

He could not stop them from getting relegated but proved in a short space of time his talent, though it remains to be seen whether he will be loaned out again.

Casadei spent the latter half of the season on loan at Reading

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Casadei spent the latter half of the season on loan at ReadingCredit: Getty

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