Manchester United have reportedly rejected Getafe’s approach to complete a £40million transfer for Mason Greenwood in January. And new co-owner Sir Jim Ratcliffe is said to have already decided when he will address the loanee forward’s future at Old Trafford ahead of a crucial 2024 summer transfer window.
Greenwood has impressed on loan at Getafe this season, registering five goals and four assists in 15 appearances, 12 of them starts.
After 18 months away from football, his form has reportedly drawn interest from a handful of European heavyweights, including AC Milan, Atletico Madrid, Barcelona and Real Madrid.
However, Getafe are claimed to have made an attempt to fend off the competition and keep him on their side of Madrid.
According to The Sun, the La Liga outfit have informed United that they are willing to pay £40m to sign Greenwood permanently in the January transfer window.
But the Red Devils refused the offer, opting to keep the terms of his deal as a loan to give Ratcliffe and INEOS time to deliberate over his future.
It could be a sign that United want to give Greenwood more chance to boost his value for a summer sale, or the door may remain open for him to resume his career at Old Trafford next season.
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Getafe ‘wanted to sign Mason Greenwood’ for £40m. (Image: Getty)
Ratcliffe and INEOS now have total control over the club’s football operations after their £1.3billion deal for a 25 per cent stake was announced on Christmas Eve.
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And earlier this month, Fabrizio Romano reported that Ratcliffe had yet to decide on Greenwood’s future beyond his current spell at Getafe.
Romano claimed that the 71-year-old tycoon wanted to let Greenwood continue getting back up to speed in Spain, with key discussions expected between March and May.
By that stage, Ratcliffe should have officially arrived at Old Trafford as he awaits Premier League ratification, which could take as many as six weeks.
Sir Jim Ratcliffe will have a decision to make. (Image: Getty)
Former United chief executive Richard Arnold reportedly sanctioned Greenwood’s return in the summer before internal and external backlash sparked a late U-turn.
He hasn’t played for United since January 2022, when he was arrested and later charged with attempted rape, assault and controlling coercive behaviour – all of which he denied.
After the Crown Prosecution Service dropped all charges after the withdrawal of key witnesses in February, the club completed a six-month investigation, after which Arnold was “satisfied” Greenwood hadn’t committed the offences.
But United vowed to help Greenwood resume his career away from Old Trafford to take him out of the relentless spotlight, and he has made a promising start at Getafe.