February 28, 2024

Man Utd: Mason Greenwood’s thoughts on return as Barcelona offered hope of transfer | Football | Sport


Mason Greenwood could snub a return to Manchester United this summer even if Sir Jim Ratcliffe and INEOS open the door for a return after his season-long loan at Getafe, according to reports. United’s new football higher powers have a huge decision to make on Greenwood’s future, but he could be ready to leave the club in the past.

The 22-year-old striker has attracted heavyweight interest throughout his stint in Spain, scoring seven goals and providing five assists in 25 appearances for Getafe.

Atletico Madrid and Barcelona are among those touted as suitors, while Getafe are unsurprisingly keen to retain his services beyond this term.

United’s ownership shake-up has added another angle to the frame, though, and Ratcliffe has confirmed that INEOS will make a fresh decision on Greenwood this summer.

Former chief executive Richard Arnold was reportedly ready to sanction his return after a six-month internal investigation followed the Crown Prosecution dropping Greenwood’s attempted rape, assault and controlling and coercive behaviour charges.

However, internal and external backlash sparked a U-turn, leading to the Bradford-born forward’s late summer switch to Getafe. Arnold has since departed Old Trafford and a new sporting structure is in the works.

That said, the player himself is reportedly reluctant to commit to a return to United, partly because he feels his boyhood club has let him down.

According to The Athletic, Greenwood believes United could have shown better support over the allegations that led to his January 2022 arrest, all of which he denied throughout the case.

For that reason, the former Red Devils No. 11 is said to hold no great desire to represent the club again once his loan at Getafe concludes.

Greenwood is also said to feel like he faces significantly less pressure in La Liga than he would if he were to step back into the Premier League.

He is reportedly enjoying life in Spain – where he has grown a new fanbase at Getafe – with his partner and their baby and is regularly visited by friends and family.

The report adds that La Liga currently represents his most likely permanent destination this summer, having proven himself while getting back up to speed after 18 months away from the pitch.

Getafe are keen to explore options to sign Greenwood permanently or on another loan. However, there are said to be fears that he may be priced out by the bigger fish circling his signature.

Club chiefs are expected to welcome their United counterparts to an upcoming match, with Girona or Sevilla’s visits on March 16 and 30, respectively, pencilled in as potential dates.

For now, Greenwood’s reported stance will come as good news for Getafe, Barcelona and other clubs hoping to lure him from Old Trafford permanently later this year.



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