Mason Greenwood FFP problem looms as Man United must avoid transfer banana skin

Manchester United winger Mason Greenwood appears destined to leave Old Trafford before the pre-season begins.

Greenwood joined Getafe on loan on August’s transfer deadline day but that stint ended recently with the 22-year-old bidding farewell to the La Liga side. He was suspended by United in January 2022 amid allegations of attempted rape, assault and controlling and coercive behaviour. All charges were later dropped.

A number of European clubs are thought to be interested in Greenwood after he bagged ten goals and six assists in 36 appearances last season. According to La Gazzetta dello Sport one of those clubs is Juventus, with the report going so far as to say that the winger has already agreed on moving to Turin.If the Italian newspaper is correct, it would seem United are happy to shake hands on a fee of between £30-34m, which would represent pure profit for the club considering Greenwood is a product of the academy. However, Juve reportedly wants to hatch a plan that sees the price tag drop by including either Federico Chiesa or Samuel Iling-Junior – both wingers themselves – in a swap deal.

While on the surface it may seem tempting to bring an instant squad replacement in for Greenwood, INEOS should be looking to reject that approach. Financial Fair Play (FFP) remains a prominent issue for United this summer and Sir Jim Ratcliffe is already aware of the need to reduce the wage bill.

This means new players should only add value to the squad and neither man would do that for United. It makes more sense to take a lump sum and reinvest those funds wisely in other areas of the team, like up front, than accept Juventus’ offer of a swap deal.

An extra £30m this summer would be appreciated more than, say, £15m and a Juve player who underperformed last season.

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