Chelsea have rejected a £40million offer from Manchester United for Mason Mount, according to the Athletic.
The 24 year old England international has a year left on his Chelsea contract but talks over extending his stay have so far failed to yield a positive conclusion.
Manchester United are expected to return with an improved offer with manager Erik ten Hag a big fan of the player.
Chelsea value Mount far higher and dismissed the approach out of hand.
Meanwhile, Premier League rivals Liverpool have pulled out of the race to sign Chelsea midfielder Mason Mount, according to the Athletic.
The report adds: “Jurgen Klopp has made strengthening his midfield a priority this summer and Alexis Mac Allister has already arrived from Brighton.
“Mount is considered a more attack-minded midfielder and Klopp is keen to inject more energy into the centre of his team.
“However, after registering their interest in the player, the Athletic say Liverpool have now cooled their pursuit.
“That’s in part down to Chelsea’s £70m valuation of Mount, who has just a year left on his deal.
“That would be almost double what Brighton have charged for Mac Allister.
“Manchester United are leading the race to sign Mount and Liverpool’s decision is influenced by the fact he’s keen on a move to Old Trafford over Anfield.”