AC Milan were offered the chance to sign Mason Greenwood from Manchester United by his agents but they rejected the chance, a report claims.
The Athletic have published a detailed background on what transpired over the summer for Greenwood in his bid to find a new club following United’s decision to part ways with him.
There was some confusion regarding the agents who were actually trying to complete the deal for Greenwood though. The sporting director of one LaLiga club told The Athletic he had been ‘approached by 20 agents claiming they could pull off a deal for Greenwood’.
However, United declined to comment when asked which agents were instructed by the club to try and get a loan move agreed for the 21-year-old forward.
One reason that intermediaries might have been used is that it would give interested clubs a smokescreen behind which to work. They could then go for ‘plausible deniability if any reports emerged, because they could then say they had not held talks directly with United’.
Greenwood was offered to top Italian clubs in the Spring, starting with Atalanta, but some staff at Italian clubs told The Athletic ‘they would have considered their jobs if Greenwood had been signed by their employers’.
In the closing weeks of the window, agents offered Greenwood to Brentford who declined, plus Borussia Dortmund in Germany. Roma and Milan in Italy also ‘distanced themselves’ from the idea of going for Greenwood.
Eventually, Greenwood secured a loan move to Getafe who will pay no loan fee and just €1m of his salary for the season. There is no option or obligation to buy, meaning United will keep paying ‘£50,000 of the player’s £75,000-per-week salary’ and will have to address the issue next summer again.