Manchester United’s strategy regarding Mason Greenwood in the upcoming transfer window could have direct repercussions for both Arsenal and Chelsea.
According to reports, Manchester United is aiming to generate an initial £100 million by offloading four academy graduates this summer, with Mason Greenwood being one of them.
Additionally, Sir Jim Ratcliffe and INEOS’ decision to sell off assets to finance significant transfers might impede Arsenal and Chelsea’s plans for acquiring a striker.
Reports suggest that Scott McTominay might lead this group of academy departures as United’s new management seeks to maximize profits to alleviate Financial Fair Play constraints.
Greenwood is reportedly being considered for sale as he enters the final year of his contract, alongside other prospects like Alvaro Fernandez and Hannibal Mejbri, who have potential exits planned due to buy options in their loan deals with Benfica and Sevilla, respectively.
Furthermore, United is anticipated to free up funds by allowing high-earning players like Raphael Varane and Anthony Martial to leave upon the expiration of their contracts.
Additionally, there are speculations about other players such as Jadon Sancho, Donny van de Beek, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, and Casemiro potentially departing permanently.
The expected £100 million windfall from the sales of McTominay, Greenwood, Fernandez, and Hannibal could enable United to reinforce a key position with a top talent from the Premier League.
Meanwhile, Arsenal and Chelsea have shown strong interest in Brentford striker Ivan Toney for the upcoming summer transfer window.
Toney, who recently returned to action after serving a ban for breaching betting rules, showcased his prowess by scoring in Brentford’s victory against Nottingham Forest.
Having netted 20 goals last season, Toney has attracted attention from several top clubs, prompting speculation about his future.
With Manchester United possibly joining the race for Toney, valued at £100 million by Brentford, the competition for his signature could intensify.
Toney, whose contract with Brentford has less than 18 months remaining, has openly expressed his ambition to play for a top club, indicating a potential move to Old Trafford as an enticing prospect for the next phase of his career.
Reflecting on his future, Toney stated to Sky Sports, “You can never predict when is the right time to move elsewhere, but I think it’s obvious I want to play for a top club.
Everybody wants to play for a top club that is fighting for titles.
Whether it’s this January that is the right time for a club to come in and pay the right money, who knows?”