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Mason Greenwood: Man Utd left with £50,000 a week bill after Getafe loan as Lazio point blame at transfer collapse

Mason Greenwood is to leave Manchester United

Mason Greenwood is to leave Manchester United

Manchester United will still be footing a hefty bill for Mason Greenwood despite the forward departing Old Trafford on a season-long loan deal to Getafe, with the deal sealed just minutes before the window closed.

The 21-year-old forward will continue his career away from United after it was decided it would be in his best interests to move on despite having all criminal charges dropped against him. Having not kicked a professional ball for United since his arrest in January 2022, it did a bit of time for Greenwood to ultimately seal his loan exit.

And while reported interest in him from Roma and Al-Ettifaq was denied by both clubs, there were three teams ultimately left vying to sign him, with United doing all they could to facilitate his transfer.

And while both Lazio and Besiktas were both keen, the Bradford-born forward will now continue his career in LaLiga with Getafe. A suberb of Madrid, the capital’s ‘third club’ offers the perfect place for Greenwood to try and rebuild his career and his reputation.

Getafe are currently 12th in the top flight, having won one, drawn one and lost one of their three games so far.

United confirmed in a statement announcing the move: “Mason Greenwood has signed for La Liga side Getafe CF on a season-long loan, subject to international clearance.

“The move enables Greenwood to begin to rebuild his career away from Manchester United.

“The club will continue to offer its support to Mason and his family during this period of transition.”

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Mason Greenwood: the wages United still cover and how Lazio move failed

His signing for Getafe sparked jubilant scenes among their supporters, who know they are landing a player of genuine quality.

And while there is an element of controversy over the deal – a string of Premier League clubs were all “scared off” the Greenwood signing, for example – Getafe appear happy to have landed the once-capped England man.

Shortly after his arrival was confirmed, the club’s social media channels posted a video of excited fans outside their stadium, captioned: ‘The Coliseum a few minutes ago.’

Greenwood himself is yet to comment on the move, though the advise will likely to keep a low profile.

To that end, he will likely let his football do the talking for him from now on with media duties – certainly in the first instance – likely to be kept to a minimum.

With Getafe winning the race for the player, the Daily Mail claims that two other clubs in Olympiacos and Red Star Belgrade – as well as Lazio – were battling for his signature late in the day.

Lazio, for lengthy periods of deadline day, appeared in the driving seat to secure his signing. However, they failed to get the necessary paperwork completed, leaving Greenwood free to move to LaLiga instead.

Lazio chief blames Man Utd for failed transfer

The Italian side’s president, Claudio Lotito, claims Greenwood was keen to move to the Italian capital but put some blame on United for not completing the paperwork in time.

“I tried until the last minute,” Lotito told La Lazio Siamo Noi shortly after the Italian transfer window closed on Friday evening.

The player has two years left on his United deal, which earns the player a salary of £75,000 a week. Under the terms of the loan to Getafe, it is understood that the LaLiga side will cover a portion of those wages, reportedly £25,000 of such. That still, however, leaves United footing a bill of £50,000 a week to cover his contract.

The situation around Greenwood will be reviewed again come the end of the season, by which time his deal will have just 12 months to run.

However, he will not kick a ball again for the Red Devils, with the player’s record reading 35 goals in 129 appearances.

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