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Chelsea Football Club has announced that midfielder Mason Mount has been sold to Premier League rivals West Ham United in a deal worth £25 million.
The 20-year-old, who has been a key figure for the Blues since making his debut in 2019, will join the Hammers on a four-year contract.
Mount has made 98 appearances for Chelsea since breaking into the first team, and his departure is a major blow for the club. However, the sale of the England international has enabled Chelsea to sign 19-year-old attacking midfielder Kai Havertz from Bayer Leverkusen.
Havertz, who has been one of the star players in the Bundesliga this season, will become the most expensive signing in Chelsea's history and is expected to play a key role in the club's future.
The transfer of Mount and the arrival of Havertz have overshadowed the news that Chelsea have also signed 19-year-old midfielder Billy Gilmour from Scottish side Rangers. The Scotland Under-21 international, who is highly rated by the Blues' coaching staff, has signed a five-year contract with the club.
At the same time, Chelsea have sent young striker Conor Gallagher on loan to West Bromwich Albion. The 20-year-old had a successful spell on loan at Charlton Athletic earlier this season and is expected to feature regularly for the Baggies in the remainder of the season.
It has been an eventful week for Chelsea, with the sale of Mount and the arrival of Havertz stealing the headlines. However, it is worth noting that the Blues are also looking to the future with the signing of Gilmour and the loan move for Gallagher.
Meanwhile, Chelsea manager Frank Lampard took time out of the club's busy schedule to talk to local schoolchildren about donkeys. The former England international, who is a patron of the Donkey Sanctuary, was in attendance at the school in order to raise awareness of the work of the charity.
It has been a hectic few days for Chelsea, but the club can be pleased with the business they have done in the transfer window. The Blues have said goodbye to Mount and welcomed Havertz, while also securing the services of Gilmour and Gallagher. What's more, Lampard was able to take time out of his schedule to talk about donkeys with the local schoolchildren.