Man Utd bait Barcelona with Mason Greenwood swap offer as Ratcliffe moves for Laporta’s ‘big mistake’

Sir Jim Ratcliffe has reportedly put the wheels in motion to help Manchester United land a top striker target from Barcelona this summer – and plans to secure the signing of the player by offering Mason Greenwood in a straight swap deal.

The Red Devils opted to loan Greenwood out to Getafe for the season last summer after deciding it in the best interest of his career that had been put on ice for 18 months while he awaited a Crown Court trial for a number of serious charges. And while the case against was dropped by the Crown Prosecution Service, Manchester United decided to let him resume his career in Spain with the capital club’s third side.

The move to Getafe certainly raised eyebrows, but the Spanish minnows quickly took the 22-year-old under their wing and he has been quick to make up for lost time with a number of excellent displays.

Indeed, Greenwood has scored 10 goals and chipped in with another six assists from a total of 33 matches; form which has attracted the attention of a number of big-hitting sides.

And with his United deal due to expire in June 2025, United’s minority shareholder Ratcliffe has admitted that a decision will be made on his long-term future come the end of the current campaign.

“It’s quite clear we have to make a decision. There is no decision that’s been made,” Ratcliffe said at a media briefing to mark the completion of his purchase of a minority stake in Man Utd.

Asked asked if the Greenwood situation would be a “fresh decision”, Ratcliffe said: “Yeah we will. Absolutely. We will make a decision, and we will justify it one way or the other.”

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Ratcliffe continued: “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.”

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