Chelsea midfield starlet linked with City switch

The 19-year-old midfielder Mason Mount has shone during his first senior season, spent on loan at Vitesse Arnhem in the Dutch top flight.

And that has seen The Sun link City, QPR and Reading with a potential Championship follow-up for the youngster, who has also impressed while in regular action for the England Under-19 squad that won the European Championships last year.

Mount was a Vitesse regular in the Eredivisie after breaking into the first team in November, with Arnhem currently sixth in the table following their 2-2 draw at Willem II on Saturday.

There is a queue of clubs interested beyond England however, with Ajax and PSV Eindhoven said to be keen alongside Sporting Lisbon and Werder Bremen.

However, all bets are now off in terms of the Canaries’ summer transfer plans following James Maddison’s knee injury, picked up early in Sunday’s 5-1 final-day thrashing by Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough.

While the extent of the injury is still to be confirmed, any lengthy layoff is set to scupper the Canaries’ plan sell their star man during the summer transfer window – and in turn, ease a £20m deficit following the loss of parachute payments this summer.

Maurizio Sarri hints at Napoli exit and confirms release clause amid links with Chelsea

Maurizio Sarri has suggested he could leave Napoli this summer as he confirmed the existence of an €8million release clause in his contract.

The Italian coach is being heavily linked with the Chelsea manager’s job, with Antonio Conte widely expected to leave the Premier League club at the end of the season.

Sarri has transformed Napoli into one of the best sides to watch in Europe, and they have battled Juventus all the way for the Serie A title this term.

But Napoli president Aurelio de Laurentiis has been publicly critical of Sarri, accusing him of not rotating his squad enough.

And Sarri, whose side effectively handed the title to Juve by drawing 2-2 at home with Torino on Sunday, has suggested he could be set for the exit.

“If the president is happy, good, if he is not happy, I’m sorry, and he can always take to the exit option he has. If he calls me, I will calmly talk about it,” he said.

“I’ve always tried to do my best for the team and if I have to leave, it’s not for what the president has said.

“There is a contract that has a clause worth €8m. We have 11 days to evaluate the situation and that is more than enough time.

“If the era is over, that’s down to the club. If the club cannot keep hold of six or seven of these players, then clearly an era is over.

“What Napoli fans make you experience is remarkable, but it also puts fear in you that it could end. It can make you think that it might be best to walk away when there is still reciprocal love rather than risk moments of difficulty.”

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