Atletico Madrid Interested in Mason Greenwood: Talks with Manchester United
After being told there was no way for him to return to the Old Trafford picture, the former England international has been trying to revive his career in La Liga with Getafe.
Prior to his arrest in January 2022, Greenwood was considered one of the Premier League’s most promising young prospects. However, he was the target of online allegations made by a woman.
Before being freed on bond, the forward was first detained on accusations of rape and violence. Later, he was detained again on charges of sexual assault and making threats to kill.
Man United quickly suspended Greenwood, who was scheduled to go on trial in November on three charges: attempted rape, assault resulting in actual bodily harm, and coercive and controlling behavior.
But this year, the Crown Prosecution Service withdrew the charges against Greenwood, citing the withdrawal of important witnesses and the discovery of fresh material, allowing him to return to playing football.
Following a massive response, Man United reversed their decision to reintegrate Greenwood after finishing their internal probe, despite having received data from his individual training sessions.
Man United chose to loan out Greenwood to Getafe for the 2023–24 season rather than tossing him out of his contract, which extends until 2025. Greenwood has adjusted to life in La Liga with ease.
After just 15 games across all competitions for Getafe, Greenwood has five goals and four assists, and some of Spain’s most prestigious clubs are reportedly interested in signing him due to his performance.
Getafe is reportedly willing to invest £40 million to sign Greenwood long-term for the upcoming season.
However, they will have fierce competition from Real Sociedad, Barcelona, and Real Madrid, the latter of which may try to lure the Englishman to Camp Nou by offering him Lionel Messi’s renowned number 10 jersey.
Having watched Greenwood’s performances for some time, Marca believes that Atletico has now gotten in touch with Man United to explore a potential deal in an attempt to get an early advantage over their rivals.
The impact of Sir Jim Ratcliffe’s 25% acquisition of Man United on Greenwood’s future is still unclear, since the CEO of Ineos will take over football operations at Old Trafford after the Premier League approves his £1 billion deal.
After enrolling in the Red Devils’ youth academy in 2007, Greenwood advanced through the ranks to play 129 senior games for the team, scoring 35 goals and dishing out 12 assists.
In September 2020, Greenwood made his first and only appearance for England in a Nations League victory over Iceland. He was then sent home for violating COVID-19 regulations.