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Mason Greenwood begins early pre-season training on Plastic Pitch amid uncertainty over future (PICS)



Mason Greenwood begins early pre-season training on Plastic Pitch amid uncertainty over future (PICS)

Mason Greenwood has kicked off his pre-season training ahead of schedule on a £100-an-hour plastic pitch.

The Manchester United striker was spotted in action under the keen supervision of his agent father, alongside former United teammate Shola Shoretire, in Manchester on Friday.

Greenwood, donning a Jamaica national team shirt, remains in limbo about his playing destination for the upcoming season.

After returning to Old Trafford from a loan stint at Getafe in La Liga, where he impressively netted ten goals and provided six assists in 36 appearances, winning Player of the Year, his future hangs in the balance.

Getafe’s president, Angel Torres, has expressed a strong desire to have Greenwood back at Estadio Coliseum.

In a recent interview with Radio Marca, Torres stated, “If it depends on the boy and the parents, he will continue another year. The latest news from Manchester suggests that if a good offer comes, they would prefer to sell because he is not going to return there.

“We might have to wait until the end of June, but it’s clear the family is happy here, and he has given a great performance. I think he’s going to stay, maybe for another year or at least until January. Starting fresh could be spectacular.”

Despite Getafe’s enthusiasm, their financial limitations may pose a challenge in securing Greenwood’s return. Meanwhile, other European clubs, including Marseille and Lazio, have shown interest in signing the player, with United setting a price tag of around £34 million for the academy graduate.

Greenwood, 22, is unlikely to rejoin his Manchester United teammates, such as Jadon Sancho and Marcus Rashford, who are scheduled to report back at Carrington for pre-season training on Monday.

The uncertainty around Greenwood’s future stems from past legal issues. He was arrested in January 2022 following allegations of attempted rape and assault, but charges were dropped by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) last year.

An internal review by Manchester United subsequently concluded that Greenwood would not continue his career at Old Trafford.

Interestingly, Sir Jim Ratcliffe, United’s new minority owner, hinted earlier this season at a potential reconsideration of Greenwood’s future with the club, emphasizing the need for a “fresh decision.”

Currently, Greenwood remains on United’s retained players list, with his contract at Old Trafford running until 2025 and an option for a one-year extension.

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Here we go! Romano: Zirkzee to Manchester United



Joshua Zirkzee

Here we go! Romano: Zirkzee to Manchester United, signs until June 2029

Manchester United have successfully signed Joshua Zirkzee, with the Dutch forward committing to the club until June 2029. The deal includes an option for an additional season.

Instead of triggering the release clause, United will pay slightly above €40 million, spread out over three years, providing more favorable payment terms.

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Manchester United near £26 Million transfer windfall after reaching agreement



Manchester United have accepted a £26.7 million bid from Marseille for Mason Greenwood, contingent on the forward agreeing to personal terms with the Ligue 1 club.

The deal includes an initial fee of £23.3 million, with an additional £3.4 million in potential add-ons.

Furthermore, a substantial sell-on clause, estimated at 40% to 50%, has been included. Greenwood has been granted permission to speak with Marseille and undergo a medical.

Previously, several Italian clubs, including Juventus, Napoli, and Lazio, showed interest in Greenwood.

However, Marseille has emerged as the frontrunner for his signature.

Greenwood, who hasn’t played for United since January 2022, recently returned to Carrington for talks with the club’s new football leadership team, including sporting director Dan Ashworth and technical director Jason Wilcox.

It was made clear during these discussions that a permanent exit this summer was the priority.

However, the potential signing of Greenwood has sparked protests among Marseille supporters. A statement on OM Forum read:

“At a time when negotiations for the arrival of Mason Greenwood are announced as becoming increasingly heated, it seems necessary to explain, once again and before the damage becomes irreversible, why this transfer seems inconceivable in view of the values displayed by the club and why it would mean for many of us a red line that would irreparably damage the passion that we have for this club.”

Greenwood was arrested in January 2022 on charges of attempted rape, controlling and coercive behavior, and assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

These charges were dropped in February 2023 after key witnesses withdrew their cooperation. United conducted an internal review and concluded that they believed Greenwood had not committed the offenses.

However, attempts to reintegrate him into the squad last August were abandoned following a fan backlash, leading to the decision that his career at Old Trafford was over.

After spending last season on loan at Getafe, where he scored 10 goals in 36 games, Greenwood attracted the attention of several European clubs. He leaves United with a record of 35 goals in 129 appearances.

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Man Utd agree personal terms with Matthijs de Ligt as final barrier remains



Man Utd agree personal terms with Matthijs de Ligt as final barrier remains

Manchester United have reached an agreement on personal terms with their top transfer target, Matthijs de Ligt, as negotiations with Bayern Munich for the center-back progress.

Bayern Munich has set a £42 million price tag for the 24-year-old Dutch international, and United is confident that a deal will be finalized.

De Ligt, who has yet to play for the Netherlands at Euro 2024, is eager to reunite with his former Ajax manager Erik ten Hag.

Sources at Mirror Football confirm that Ten Hag and De Ligt have held direct discussions, with the United manager working hard to persuade the defender.

Ten Hag outlined his vision for the club, which remains positive despite a challenging season that ended with an FA Cup victory.

Last week, key figures at Old Trafford, including part-owner Sir Jim Ratcliffe, activated a one-year extension clause in Ten Hag’s contract, securing his role until 2026.

Ten Hag views De Ligt as a cornerstone for United’s defense, having previously coached him to the Champions League semi-finals with Ajax when De Ligt was just 19.

Bayern Munich is willing to let De Ligt go if their valuation is met, and the player is focused solely on joining Manchester United.

Bayern’s new manager, Vincent Kompany, is close to signing Bayer Leverkusen’s Jonathan Tah as De Ligt’s replacement, following a disappointing season under Thomas Tuchel.

United plans to bolster their defense by signing two center-backs before the transfer window closes on August 30.

The club has already seen two bids for Everton’s Jarrad Branthwaite rejected, the latest being £50 million. Additionally, they are reportedly negotiating with Lille for 18-year-old Leny Yoro, although Yoro is rumored to prefer a move to Real Madrid, with Liverpool and PSG also interested.

Following the expiration of Raphael Varane’s contract, United is in discussions to extend veteran Jonny Evans’ stay on a short-term basis. Currently, only Lisandro Martinez, Harry Maguire, Victor Lindelof, and Willy Kambwala are under contract. Maguire and Lindelof might be sold to raise funds.

United is leveraging their existing relationship with De Ligt’s agent, Rafaela Pimenta, to finalize the deal.

Ten Hag’s squad returned to Carrington for pre-season training on Monday, ready to prepare for the upcoming season.

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