The French media is now sure that Olympique Marseille are buying Mason Greenwood from Manchester United.

According to FootMercato, the Ligue 1 side reached a deal with the Red Devils, and even though the initial request had been €40m, they should actually pay €30m for the signing.

The reason why Manchester United are getting rid of Greenwood is often ignored by many outlets in the sports media, and now we get to see a little backlash regarding Marseille’s purchase.

As Marseille mayor Benoît Payan was today interviewed by RMC, he was very clear that with the player having been accused of domestic violence, he shouldn’t be signed, regardless of the charges being dropped.

The politician even claimed he’ll try to get the transfer cancelled, even though it may seem too late now.

“Greenwood’s behavior is unspeakable, unacceptable. Hitting his wife… I saw images that deeply shocked me. Attacking his wife in this way is unworthy of a man and I believe he cannot have a place in this team.

“The values ​​of Marseille and the values ​​of Olympique de Marseille are anything but that. It’s anything but racism, anti-Semitism. It’s anything but… can you imagine, violence against women? Do you realise that? And he claims to play for Olympique de Marseille, Greenwood? It’s a disgrace.

“I will ask the president of Olympique de Marseille not to recruit Greenwood. I don’t want my club to be covered in the shame of someone who hits his wife. I don’t want my club to be covered in the ashes of someone who hits his wife like that. It’s not acceptable.”

Greenwood is set to permanently leave Manchester United with 35 goals and 12 assists in 129 appearances. Now at the age of 22, the attacker had shown enough potential to be one of the new faces in the club’s rebuilding process, and despite escaping more severe consequences, he’ll have to face that resistance wherever he plays next.

Marseille’s mayor does not want the associated shame and is making that stance very public.