Two Championship clubs reportedly discussed signing Manchester United forward Mason Greenwood.
It was announced yesterday (August 21) that Greenwood will be leaving United after their internal investigation into his dropped charges of attempted rape, assault and coercive control was concluded.
CEO Richard Arnold, who led the investigation, said he was satisfied the 21-year-old wasn't guilty of those charges, but decided it was best of all parties if he moves on and continues his football career elsewhere.
He'll now either be sold, sent out on loan for the remainder of his contract, or a resolution will be reached to see it ended before its 2025 expiry. His availability sparked interest from two sides in the second tier, according to the Daily Mail.
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The unnamed clubs are said to have held preliminary discussions about bringing him on board, but ultimately decided against taking their interest further.
Greenwood is believed to prefer staying closer to home with his partner and daughter, who was born last month, but joining another English club is seen as an unlikely scenario and it looks like he'll be forced to move abroad.
The report adds Turkey and Italy are two likely escape routes – with one of his former managers at Old Trafford, Jose Mourinho, interested in taking him to Roma.
Greenwood made it clear he intends to push on with playing professional football in his own statement reacting to United's verdict. He wrote: “Today’s decision has been part of a collaborative process between Manchester United, my family and me.
"The best decision for us all, is for me to continue my football career away from Old Trafford, where my presence will not be a distraction for the club. I thank the club for their support since I joined aged seven. There will always be a part of me which is United.
“I am enormously grateful to my family and all my loved ones for their support, and it is now for me to repay the trust those around me have shown. I intend to be a better footballer, but most importantly a good father, a better person, and to use my talents in a positive way on and off the pitch.”
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