Manchester United are reportedly preparing to use Mason Greenwood as a possible makeweight in their bid to sign Atalanta striker Rasmus Hojlund.
The Red Devils want to sign a striker this summer and have made Hojlund their primary target. However, they have not progressed in their pursuit of the Danish striker due to Atalanta’s £86m valuation of the 20-year-old.
As a result, United are looking for creative ways to secure the deal. According to talkSPORT, they want to add a player to the deal, with Greenwood seen as the ideal option.
Mason has not played for Man United since he was suspended in January 2022 following an arrest on suspicion of rape and assault. Greenwood has not reported for pre-season training with his teammates this week but is training away in Dubai as he waits for his future to be decided.
Manchester United have been conducting an internal investigation since February, when the Crown Prosecution Service dropped all charges against Greenwood. The Old Trafford side are looking increasingly keen on sending the 21-year-old striker on loan to a European club for the forthcoming season.
According to the report, United’s football director John Murtough discussed the possibility of Greenwood’s temporary move to Atalanta during his negotiations for Hojlund.
Including Greenwood as part of the deal to sign Hojlund could lower Atalanta’s asking price and resolve the complicated issue of what to do with Greenwood, who is still under contract for another two years.