In the closing hours of the summer transfer window, Spanish La Liga side Getafe have secured a season-long loan deal for Mason Greenwood from Manchester United.
United confirmed last month that the 21-year-old forward’s chapter at Old Trafford had concluded, although his contract with the club extends for another two years.
While an outright sale of Greenwood this summer was always considered improbable given the delicacy of his situation, a loan move has been finalised at the eleventh hour of the transfer season.
Greenwood found himself in legal hot water in January 2022, arrested on allegations ranging from sexual assault to threats to kill. Although he faced multiple charges, including attempted rape and assault occasioning actual bodily harm, all accusations have been dropped, allowing him to resume his footballing career.
Initial plans for Greenwood’s move to Serie A club Lazio fell through on deadline day, leading to his eventual transfer to Getafe. Prior to his legal woes, Greenwood was hailed as one of football’s most promising talents, having made 129 appearances for Manchester United and tallying up 35 goals along with 12 assists.
As the transfer window approached its closure, Getafe emerged as the lone suitor interested in securing Greenwood’s services. Though links had been made to a possible move to the Saudi Pro League, clubs within that division ultimately opted not to proceed with any deal.
Manchester United released a statement, saying, “Mason Greenwood has signed for Getafe on a season-long loan. The move enables Greenwood to begin to rebuild his career away from MUFC. The club will continue to offer its support to Mason and his family during this period of transition.”
Greenwood hasn’t participated in a competitive fixture since January 2022, implying it may be some time before he takes to the pitch in La Liga for his new club.