Man Utd ‘ready to use Mason Greenwood as bait’ to seal £51m transfer

Mason Greenwood may still have an important role to play at Manchester United if the club use him to land a key transfer target this summer. Juventus centre back Gleison Bremer has been heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford, having excelled these past two seasons in Turin after switching from Torino.

The Brazilian international, currently contracted until 2028, has been an ever present for The Old Lady in the current campaign, and according to La Gazzetta dello Sport, the Serie A side want a minimum fee of £51million before negotiating a potential sale. United’s incoming sporting director Dan Ashworth is reportedly pushing the club to make a move though, with new funds set to be available in the next transfer window following the minority stake purchase of Sir Jim Ratcliffe.

But with Greenwood still technically a United player, using the striker in a part-exchange deal would cut the transfer fee significantly. And the likelihood of that situation materialising is heightened by the fact that Juve sporting director Cristiano Giuntoli is a known admirer of the 22-year-old.

Greenwood was viewed as a long-term star at Old Trafford before his career was derailed by charges of attempted rape, assault occasioning actual bodily harm, and controlling and coercive behaviour. The charges were later dropped but it was duly announced the one-cap England international would leave United last summer, and in August he signed for La Liga side Getafe on a season-long loan.

And in Spain he’s shown flashes of the form that saw him so highly rated in England, scoring eight times in 27 club appearances this season. He’s also been linked with moves to Barcelona and Atletico Madrid as he continues his bid to resurrect his career.

Ratcliffe, who now owns 27 per cent of United and has assumed control of footballing operations, is unlikely to let the player go without some form of benefit to the club. Indeed, after completing his deal in December the INEOS chief also implied the door was not closed on Greenwood returning to Manchester.

“We will make a decision, correct,” he said, when pressed on the player’s future. “All I can do is talk about the principle of how we will approach decisions like that. Is he the right type of footballer, are we happy with if he is a good person or not? He’s a Manchester United footballer, so we are in charge of football.

“There is no decision that’s been made. He’s on loan obviously, but he’s not the only one. We’ve got one or two footballers that we have to deal with and we have to make a decision on, so we will do that. The process will be: understand the facts not the hype, and then try and come to fair decision on the basis of values.”

The Red Devils are in serious danger of missing out on a return to the Champions League, currently lying sixth and six points off Tottenham above them.

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