In the wake of his abrupt departure from Manchester United, Mason Greenwood finds himself at a crossroads, unsure of the direction his career should take. Recent reports suggest that the 21-year-old is contemplating an unexpected move to Albania, a decision borne out of the limited options left in the aftermath of his separation from the club.
Greenwood's association with Manchester United took a downturn on January 30, 2022, when he was suspended amidst allegations involving a young woman, with images and videos circulating online. The gravity of the charges, including attempted rape and assault, shadowed him until six and a half months ago, when the Crown Prosecution Service declared a discontinuation of the case.
Despite this legal development, Manchester United chose to uphold his suspension, culminating in a mutual agreement between the player and the club to part ways after an internal investigation. Various clubs within the lavish spending confines of the Saudi Pro League were initially rumored to be keen on acquiring the services of the English international, yet speculations linking him to Steven Gerrard's Al-Ettifaq have been firmly dismissed as "fake news." The notion of Greenwood joining Saudi clubs appears to be fraught with apprehension due to perceived risks associated with the player.
Unexpected Turn: Albania Beckons Disheartened Greenwood
While Turkey and Italy have emerged as potential destinations for Greenwood, the player's current contract running until 2025, with the option for an additional year, has kept him on full pay.
The recent decision by Manchester United to release him from the squad has left him deeply disheartened, a sentiment that has led him to consider an offer from an Albanian club, an option that was never in his initial career plans.
On a different front, Liverpool, despite securing early deals for Alexis Mac Allister and Dominik Szoboszlai, is now urgently pursuing two additional signings to fortify their squad before the summer transfer window closes.
The unexpected departures of key players such as Jordan Henderson and Fabinho prompted the Reds to secure Wataru Endo from Stuttgart in a notable £18 million deal. However, the club's recruitment team, along with manager Jurgen Klopp, is determined to bolster their roster further by acquiring a central defender and a midfielder before the impending transfer deadline.
Amid these strategic endeavors, Liverpool's interest in Bayern Munich's Ryan Gravenberch has garnered attention, with recent indications suggesting a potential shift in the German club's willingness to sell. While their pursuit of a top-tier center-back has faced opposition from Bayer Leverkusen, who asserted that Piero Hincapie is not available for transfer, Liverpool remains undeterred in their mission to augment their squad's strength.
In other transfer news, Paris Saint-Germain seeks to offload Hugo Ekitike to Brentford, while Everton stands on the verge of securing Udinese striker Beto in a £25.7 million deal. Tottenham is exploring options after the unexpected availability of Jota, a mere two months after his record signing with Al-Ittihad.
Crystal Palace has set a high valuation of £70 million for the combined sale of Eberechi Eze and Cheick Doucoure. Additionally, Corinthians defender Murillo is poised to join Nottingham Forest, while Arsenal is contemplating the sale of nine players to generate £100 million for financial equilibrium as the transfer window closure approaches on September 1st.
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