Man Utd’s ‘Mason Greenwood return plan’ could be bad news for Arsenal and Chelsea | Football | Sport

Reports claim Scott McTominay could headline a quartet of academy sales as United’s new sporting hierarchy looks to harvest pure profit to ease Financial Fair Play restrictions.

Greenwood is reportedly set to join McTominay in the shop window, with the club deciding that it would be best to generate a transfer fee as he enters the final 12 months of his contract.

Alvaro Fernandez and Hannibal Mejbri are also planned departures. Both have buy options in their loan contracts at Benfica and Sevilla, respectively.

United are, too, expected to raise funds by releasing high-earning French pair Raphael Varane and Anthony Martial upon the expiries of their contracts.

Other stars, including Jadon Sancho, Donny van de Beek, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Casemiro, have been linked with permanent exits.

But an initial £100m raised by the sales of McTominay, Greenwood, Fernandez and Hannibal could help United address a priority position with one of the Premier League’s finest.

Arsenal and Chelsea have been most heavily linked with a summer swoop for Brentford striker Ivan Toney, who returned to action last week after serving an eight-month ban for breaching betting rules.

The 27-year-old reminded everyone of his quality as he scored on his return, helping Brentford beat Nottingham Forest 3-2 at the Gtech Community Stadium.

Toney netted 20 times last season, placing him on the radar of the country’s biggest clubs. Why wouldn’t United be monitoring his situation?

The Red Devils look set to pursue another big-money striker in the summer, with Martial heading for the exit door and Rasmus Hojlund in desperate need of competition.

If United go through with their Greenwood sale plan, they will have the funds to beat Arsenal and Chelsea to the signing of Toney, reportedly valued at £100m by Brentford.

And that’s before the initial budget Ratcliffe will provide Erik ten Hag, as well as the extra funds generated from other high-profile sales.

Toney, in the final 18 months of his Bees contract, has made no secret of his desire to take the next step soon, and Old Trafford could be the ideal destination at the start of a new project.

“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,” Toney told Sky Sports.

“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?”

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