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Barcelona Distances Itself from Mason Greenwood Amid Concerns Over Past Criminal Case

Reports suggest that potential suitors for Manchester United forward Mason Greenwood are expressing “concerns” over his past criminal case, with Barcelona reportedly “distancing themselves” from the player.

According to ESPN, Manchester United’s recruitment team is exploring transfer opportunities across Europe, with Greenwood’s future emerging as a topic of discussion. Despite previous links to clubs like Barcelona and Atletico Madrid, finding interested parties for the English forward has proven challenging. Greenwood faced charges of attempted rape, assault, and coercive and controlling behavior over a year ago, which were subsequently dropped. United loaned him to Getafe in September after concluding their own investigation into his off-pitch conduct.

ESPN suggests that a permanent departure from Manchester United is the “most likely outcome” for Greenwood, with the club expected to demand approximately £40 million ($51m) for the one-cap England international. Despite new minority owner Sir Jim Ratcliffe not ruling out a return for Greenwood, the report indicates that his departure is imminent.

Greenwood has not featured for United since January 2022 when he was suspended following his arrest on suspicion of rape and sexual assault. After the charges were dropped, he trained separately from the team before joining Getafe on a season-long loan.

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