Mason Greenwood has three transfer destinations left as Man Utd delay decision

Attempted rape charge against Manchester United footballer Mason Greenwood dropped

Mason Greenwood may only have a select few transfer destinations available to him if Manchester United decide they want to loan him out for this season. The Red Devils are still yet to confirm what’s next for the striker, who has not played for the club since January 2022.

The criminal case against the United academy graduate was dropped in February of this year. He had been arrested on suspicion of attempted rape, assault and coercive control – charges which he denied. But since the case was discontinued, Greenwood still has not trained with or played for the club.

United initially intended to communicate their decision on Greenwood’s future before the Premier League season started last Friday after they concluded their own internal investigation. But the circumstances have changed with the club now seeking a consultation period first. They will hold discussions with key stakeholders including the women’s team and a fan advisory board.

The Athletic now say it may not be until the September international break, which follows United taking on Arsenal on Sunday 3, before the decision on Greenwood is revealed. By then, the Premier League transfer window will have closed. It shuts at 11pm on Friday September 1.

Similarly, the La Liga, Serie A, Bundesliga and Ligue 1 windows also shut on the first day of September. The only deadlines still to come after September 3 are Australia (September 12), Mexico (September 13), Turkey (September 15), Saudi Arabia (September 20) and Portugal (September 22).

DON’T MISS: Anthony Martial ‘set for talks over Man Utd future’ as Greenwood hint dropped

Of those five, Australia and Mexico are unlikely destinations. And therefore if it is decided by United that they want to keep Greenwood but would prefer him to spend a season away to get his sharpness back after an 18-month hiatus, that would leave Portugal, Turkey and Saudi Arabia as possible landing spots for the 21-year-old.

The Saudi Pro League has enjoyed an influx of talent this summer with Neymar the latest high-profile arrival to raise the quality of the division. Cristiano Ronaldo and Alex Telles have left United for the Middle East in the last nine months.

Premier League clubs have meanwhile pinched some top talents from Liga Portugal in recent seasons, including Enzo Fernandez, Darwin Nunez, Bruno Fernandes, Ruben Dias and Luis Diaz among many others. It may therefore be viewed as a suitably competitive league for Greenwood to get back up to speed in.

Equally Greenwood would not be the first, or the last, Premier League player to head to Turkey on loan or permanently. Wilfried Zaha and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain have headed there this summer while Dele Alli, Didier Drogba, Mesut Ozil and Demba Ba all had spells there.

We use your sign-up to provide content in ways you’ve consented to and to improve our understanding of you. This may include adverts from us and 3rd parties based on our understanding. You can unsubscribe at any time. More info

Greenwood is believed to be reluctant to move too far afield having recently become a father for the first time. The other option would be for United to reintegrate the one-cap England international back into their set-up and give him time to readjust. 

Erik ten Hag is open to the prospect of Greenwood returning to the United first-team squad, per The Athletic. Last month, the Dutchman said of the forward: “Of course, I have said my ideas and opinions but it’s a club decision. We all have to accept that.”

Chief executive Richard Arnold will make the decision on the player’s next step. The club insist the final call will be made on the facts established after their investigation and will not be decided by other parties, such as members of the women’s team.

Their feedback will nonetheless be sought. It comes after reports earlier this year that players in United’s women’s squad were opposed to Greenwood’s return. But with multiple players at the Women’s World Cup, United – who have three players in the England squad that reached the semi-finals – will be made to wait before the matter can be discussed.

Source: Read Full Article