Arsenal have been linked with a shock move for Mason Greenwood as he looks for a move away from Manchester United. It’s claimed the 20-year-old is ‘upset’ over his involvement in the first team under Ralf Rangnick who has diminished his role since arriving at the club.
Greenwood was a regular under Ole Gunnar Solskajer but has dropped down the pecking order since the German’s appointment as interim boss.
El Nacional claims his grievances stem from his sudden reduction in minutes coinciding with Cristiano Ronaldo’s arrival in the summer. Greenwood is also believed to be frustrated by how Ronaldo has been fast-tracked into a leadership role inside the dressing room.
This has reportedly led the United rising star to assess his options and consider a future away from Old Trafford. It’s believed Arsenal are keen on the England youngster, but the likes of Juventus and Barcelona are also keeping tabs on the situation.
Mikel Arteta has invested in his youth this season after a rebuild in the summer as the likes of Emile Smith Rowe and Bukayo Saka continue to shine. And the Spaniard is looking to build on that in the next two transfer windows with the likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette set to leave at the end of the season.
Greenwood would perfectly complement that young core but he would not come cheap as he is under contract with United until 2025. Players moving between Man United and Arsenal is unheard of but one example in recent history is Robin van Persie who broke the hearts of the Emirates faithful by moving to Old Trafford in 2012.
It was a controversial move, but it paid off for United and the Dutchman as he helped secure the club’s 20th Premier League title in his debut season. Arsenal, to this day, still feel aggrieved Van Persie jumped ship to their biggest rivals so signing Greenwood would go a long way in getting their own back.
Greenwood might not be a regular in United’s starting XI but Rangnick hopes he will be someday as he praised his acrobatic goal against Young Boys in the Champions League.
He said, “I think today he also showed not only the quality because of that beautiful goal, but also the way that he set up the opportunity for Juan Mata was brilliant.
“He’s a massive talent – left foot, right foot, good on the ball. Also, the way that he set up the goal for Fred on Sunday, so it’s about continuity.
“He has to develop physically but technically for his age he is a great player. My job is to develop him, to make an athlete out of him and if he manages to do that, he can become a regular player for this club.”
- A Mirror report