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Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta reputedly told confidants a deal was all but done for Mason Mount before Manchester United landed him

England international midfielder Mason Mount joined Manchester United from Chelsea for an initial £55 million last July. The fee could rise to £60m.

The 25-year-old returned to training yesterday after four months out with a calf injury to boost United’s squad for the back end of the season.

Many people questioned their decision to part with such a fee for a player who was entering the last year of his contract at Chelsea, but the Red Devils are convinced they actually saved money on him.

According to the Manchester Evening News, Liverpool and Arsenal were both interested in Mount. Reds manager Jurgen Klopp touched base with him in January last year while his Gunners counterpart Mikel Arteta was reputedly telling confidants a deal was all but done.

However, Man United won the race for his signature. The midfielder now finally has a chance to prove his detractors wrong and show what he is capable of in a Red Devils shirt.

Mount has only featured in 12 games across all competitions since joining Man United, weighing in with an assist, but the the fact that two of the best managers in the land wanted him speaks volumes.

He is likely to return to action after the March international break as the FA Cup quarter-final game against Liverpool at Old Trafford on Sunday will come too soon for him.

Mount was one of the best players during the four seasons he spent with the Blues senior team, weighing in with 27 league goals and 22 assists in 129 appearances.

Manager Erik ten Hag will be hoping he hits the ground running in the coming weeks.

The Red Devils have struggled to impress this season, with several injury problems affecting their chances and performances on the pitch.

Mount’s return to action could come as a much-needed boost as they look to secure a Champions League spot for next season.