Sir Jim Ratcliffe is set to play a crucial role in determining Mason Greenwood’s future with Manchester United this summer.
However, insights into the INEOS founder’s early summer transfer plans suggest that he may deviate from the club’s official stance following Greenwood’s loan exit in September.
Greenwood’s move to Getafe on deadline day stirred internal and external backlash, leading then-chief executive Richard Arnold to reverse his decision to approve the return.
Last February, the Crown Prosecution Service dropped charges against Greenwood, who vehemently denied accusations of attempted rape, assault, and controlling and coercive behavior.
Despite Arnold’s belief in Greenwood’s innocence, United announced their intention to assist him in rebuilding his career elsewhere.
At that time, the club officially stated they didn’t anticipate Greenwood representing them again after the 21-month saga.
The recent shift in the sporting hierarchy due to Sir Jim Ratcliffe’s £1.3 billion deal for a 25% stake and control of football operations has refocused attention on Greenwood’s future.
Yet, INEOS’ rumored summer plans hint at a probable replacement for Greenwood and the potential to secure a transfer fee for him later this year.
According to reports from Standard Sport, the summer transfer window may see United pursuing a right-back, center-back, central midfielder, and striker.
Additionally, there’s interest in Crystal Palace’s right-winger, Michael Olise, with the possibility of offering Aaron Wan-Bissaka to ward off competition from Chelsea and Liverpool.
If Erik ten Hag successfully adds a high-profile striker and Olise to the squad, Greenwood might find himself without a place upon his return from the La Liga loan spell.
The arrival of Rasmus Hojlund in a £72 million deal last summer and a new center-forward could replace the outgoing Anthony Martial, creating stiff competition for the 20-year-old Dane.
Moreover, Olise would join Antony and Alejandro Garnacho as the preferred right-wing choices under Ten Hag.
Considering Greenwood’s versatility as a striker or right-winger, a permanent move away may be seen as beneficial for his development, especially if Ratcliffe backs reinforcements in both positions.
Reports suggest strong interest in Greenwood from La Liga giants Atletico Madrid, Barcelona, and Real Madrid, indicating a potential shift in the young talent’s career trajectory.