The mayor of Marseille has advised against signing Manchester United’s Mason Greenwood, citing serious concerns over the forward’s alleged past misconduct. Sources revealed to ESPN that the clubs have reportedly agreed on a permanent transfer deal for the 22-year-old.

Greenwood, who spent the previous season on loan at Getafe, has not featured for United since January 2022 when he was suspended following an arrest on suspicion of rape and assault. Greater Manchester Police acknowledged “social media images and videos posted by a woman reporting incidents of physical violence.”

The once-capped England international faced charges of attempted rape, engaging in controlling and coercive behavior, and assault causing actual bodily harm. However, these charges were later dropped due to the withdrawal of key witnesses and new evidence that affected the prospects of conviction.

“Mason Greenwood’s conduct is deplorable and unacceptable,” Marseille Mayor Benoît Payan remarked in an interview with French radio station RMC. “The reports of domestic violence deeply troubled me. Such actions are utterly incompatible with the values of OM and Marseille. It is regrettable. I will urge Marseille president Pablo Longoria not to pursue Greenwood’s recruitment. I do not wish for our club to be associated with the disgrace of someone who commits violence against his partner.”

ESPN sources indicated that Marseille have agreed to a deal valued at £26.7m ($35m), inclusive of add-ons and a substantial sell-on clause, to secure Greenwood’s services.

During a press conference, Marseille manager Roberto De Zerbi addressed the situation, stating, “Mason is undoubtedly a talented player, but no final decision has been made regarding his recruitment. I refrain from commenting on his personal life, but I treat all my players with respect and care. If he joins us, he will receive the same treatment, with private conversations held in confidence.”

Greenwood impressed during his loan spell at Getafe last season, netting eight goals and contributing six assists.