Mason Greenwood silence broken as Man Utd ‘set to smash 15-year transfer record’

Marseille manager Roberto De Zerbi has broken his silence on the club’s interest in Mason Greenwood as they reportedly close in on a £27million agreement with Manchester United. Greenwood looks set to depart Old Trafford permanently this summer, and his exit at the currently-mooted price would break a 15-year record.

The 22-year-old generated heavyweight interest during his loan at Getafe last season, where he scored 10 goals in 36 appearances for the La Liga club.

Greenwood held brief but positive transfer discussions with INEOS chiefs when he reported to Carrington at the start of pre-season on Monday.

And all signs point towards a switch to Marseille, reportedly his preferred destination if his United career comes to an end in the coming weeks.

De Zerbi, who was appointed Marseille’s new boss this summer after leaving Brighton and Hove Albion, has spoken out about Greenwood’s potential arrival

He hasn’t signed, there’s not much to say. He’s a world-class player,” De Zerbi explained during a press conference on Tuesday.

“I don’t know his background. No matter the player, once they sign here, they become like my children.

“I protect them through thick and thin. Maybe, in private I’ll pull their ears, but in public, I’ll defend them like my sons.”

If United receive £27m for Greenwood, that amount would show on the books as pure profit, considering he has been at the club since the age of six.

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