Manchester United have added Chelsea’s Mason Mount to a list of attacking midfield targets including Jude Bellingham, who could prove too expensive if Erik ten Hag devotes the bulk of his summer budget to a move for Harry Kane.

Ten Hag wants an elite No 9 and although Napoli’s Victor Osimhen is on United’s radar, Kane is seen as a surer guarantee of goals in the Premier League goals. The Tottenham striker could decide it is time for a fresh challenge, although signing him would not be easy.

Spurs hope to ward off suitors by demanding a huge fee for Kane, who is also of interest to Bayern Munich, and that could force United to be more prudent when they look to strengthen in other positions. Borussia Dortmund are expected to want at least £100m for Bellingham and that could make Mount, who is in a standoff with Chelsea over extending his contract before it expires in the summer of 2024, a more affordable option.