Manchester United are contemplating whether to send attacker Mason Greenwood out on loan next season, according to the Daily Mail.
They are reportedly exploring European loan destinations as they investigate his alleged rape case.
Man Utd suspended the 21-year-old pending an investigation that they are yet to conclude.
Greenwood faced charges of attempted rape, controlling and coercive behaviour, and assault.
Those charges have been dropped since March, but Greenwood has not trained or played for the club since.
United want to step up their investigations into his case as the season has finished.
They could release him from his £75k/week contract if they believe he has brought their name into disrepute.
The loan spell away from United would allow them to gauge public reaction. They would also consider Greenwood’s mental health and performance.
The England international has been away from football since United suspended him when the allegations first came out in January last year.
No Premier League club is looking to take Greenwood on loan. According to the reports, a loan to a club with an American owner would also be difficult.
There is also the issue of his salary. Greenwood has been collecting his complete wage from the club throughout his suspension.
United are wary of how it will look if they bring Greenwood back into the first-team squad. They are considering how the men’s and women’s teams will react.
The ongoing takeover is not helping matters either. There is plenty of uncertainty regarding the future of the club.
Man United have been up for sale since November last year when the Glazer family announced they were looking for investment.
Qatari Sheikh Jassim bin Hamad Al Thani and British billionaire Sir Jim Ratcliffe are the leading candidates. The Glazers will announce a decision in the coming days.
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