Manchester United have sparked interest in Mason Greenwood after the decision was made to see the homegrown striker leave Old Trafford, the PA news agency learned.
The 21-year-old has been banned by the club since January 30, 2022 over allegations involving a young woman after pictures and videos were shared online.
Greenwood was charged with, among other things, attempted rape and assault until Crown prosecutors announced six and a half months ago that the case had been dropped.
The striker remained suspended by United throughout this period and the club announced on Monday that following an internal investigation, it had been mutually agreed that he would leave the club.
United are working with Greenwood’s family to find the right move and PA understand the club have received several expressions of interest in the young forward.
Clubs in the no-spending Saudi Pro League have been linked closely with the England international but Steven Gerrard has denied speculation he could join his club Al-Ettifaq.
The former Rangers and Aston Villa manager labeled a story that his team were considering offering the 21-year-old a deal “fake news”, while Saudi clubs reportedly see the player’s move as too risky.
Teams in Turkey and Italy have been linked with Greenwood, who has a contract until 2025 with an option for a further year and is expected to continue receiving full pay.
United manager Erik ten Hag is questioned about the investigation at Friday’s press conference ahead of the Premier League clash with Nottingham Forest.
More protests against the owner are expected at Saturday’s game. The 1958 fan group plans an hour-long sit-in after the game as fans try to keep the pressure on the Glazers.
It has now been nine months since the owners announced they were conducting a strategic review and considering selling United as an option.
PA understands the Glazers have been warned of a fierce backlash if they fail to sell after bids from Sheikh Jassim and Sir Jim Ratcliffe.
Sources close to potential owner Sheikh Jassim waited for updates on their bid on Wednesday, as did those close to fellow bidder Ratcliffe as the endless process drags on.
On the field, United still have some squad building to do before the September 1 transfer window closes.
Fenerbahce goalkeeper Altay Bayindir is said to have undergone a medical and may sign if substitute Dean Henderson leaves.
A return to Forest was expected earlier in the summer but a move to Crystal Palace may be on the cards.
United are looking to ditch centre-back Eric Bailly and Ipswich, overseen by former United manager Kieran McKenna, have opted for left-back Brandon Williams.
Scott McTominay is likely to stay as he was of interest to West Ham, who defender Harry Maguire turned down a move to last week. Donny van de Beek’s future remains unclear.
Facundo Pellistri and Alvaro Fernandez have sparked loan interest, while youngster Noam Emeran is close to a permanent move to Dutch club Groningen.