Manchester United hope to announce the signing of Real Madrid midfielder Casemiro for close to £60 million in the next few days and are also now fully turning their attentions to PSV Eindhoven winger Cody Gakpo who will cost around £34m….
Erik ten Hag turned his attention to the five-time Champions League winner after growing frustrated by the failure to sign Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong.
The Red Devils also pulled out of a deal for Juventus midfielder Adrien Rabiot this week because of the France international’s personal demands.
The move for Casemiro was originally described as a “long shot” from Manchester United insiders – but such has been the rapid progress this week that there is now strong belief he will head to Old Trafford.
Casemiro is said to be keen on a move to the club after seeing Real Madrid sign Aurelien Tchouameni this summer – an implicit message that his days at the Santiago Bernabeu may be numbered.
The 30-year-old is greatly appreciated by Real boss Carlo Ancelotti. However, Casemiro is reportedly not viewed as indispensable given the wealth of options the Champions League holders have in the centre of the pitch.
Luka Modric signed a contract extension to 2023 and Toni Kroos also provides pedigreed experience to mesh with younger talents, Eduardo Camavinga, Aurelien Tchouameni and Federico Valverde.
Real cannot guarantee a spread of minutes to Manchester United’s potential new signing. It will be viewed as sensible to get his wages off the books, while banking a big transfer fee.
United have desperately needed a defensive midfielder for years and the Brazilian offers attribute manager Erik ten Hag does not possess in his squad.
With Casemiro a player of quality that none in United’s midfield can begin to match, his signing would be a coup for the struggling Premier League side.