MASON Greenwood has been offered a lifeline by a top European club after being banned from Manchester United.
The Red Devils are in a race against time to sack the 21-year-old by Friday, before the 11pm transfer window closes.
Besiktas is now reportedly considering loaning the young forward out that I.
The Turkey side have emerged as potential suitors for the striker and are considering opening negotiations to resume Greenwood’s career.
Greenwood “mutually” agreed to leave United on August 21 after being arrested for attempted rape and sexual assault.
He was charged in October but all charges were dropped by Crown prosecutors in February.
Greenwood has not kicked a ball for Utd since January 2022 when he was suspended and this month it was decided it would be best for everyone if his future was away from Old Trafford.
And Besiktas reportedly reckons an initial loan period of around six months could be used to gauge public sentiment towards the striker.
If the move proves successful and Greenwood is welcomed by the fans, Besiktas would be willing to discuss a long-term move.
“Of course they saw what was being said in the UK and beyond,” the source told the i.
“People think that Turkey is an easy way out for Greenwood as he can just continue his career away from the public eye.
“But the clubs know that it doesn’t work that way. Reporters will be coming from England to follow his progress wherever he goes, we’re sure.”
“However, a short-term loan is attractive. Should things go wrong, he will quickly return to Manchester. If he comes to Istanbul and starts scoring goals, the boos will soon die down.
“It’s just the way football works, no matter how bad the taste. I think the Turkish fans will accept him.”
It is also understood that approval from the Besiktas women’s team would be required for a move from Greenwood to be approved.
If a move isn’t completed before the transfer window closes, United may have to wait until the January transfer window opens.
Or they could expect to pay the striker around £8million-a-week to end his contract.
If Utd agree to terminate Greenwood’s contract before the transfer window closes, he can join any club in any league.
However, if the Red Devils can’t amicably agree to forfeit Greenwood’s deal, his options are slim.
Because most of the top leagues in Europe closed their transfer windows on Friday.
In that scenario, Greenwood would be left with a seedy selection of tiny national leagues with windows open.
These include: Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Greece, Israel, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Switzerland and Turkey.
The striker’s last game came on 22 January 2022 in a Premier League clash against West Ham, which United won 1-0.
There have also been no reports of interest from Italy and no Serie A team have made contact with United to date.
It was reported back in June that AC Milan were investigating the striker.