Real Madrid star Casemiro has been spotted on camera in training ahead of his impending move to Manchester United. The Red Devils are close to agreeing a £60m deal for the Brazil international. And Erik ten Hag will hope he can oversee an improvement in his form, having endured a nightmare start to his spell at Old Trafford.
Until recently, Manchester United had put all their eggs in Frenkie de Jong’s basket in hopes the 25-year-old could be persuaded to move to Old Trafford. But with a deal for the 25-year-old now seen as unlikely, the Red Devils are set to land Casemiro instead.
Ahead of Real’s La Liga clash against Celta Vigo on Saturday, Carlo Ancelotti appeared to confirm Casemiro’s transfer saying: “We spoke this morning. He wants to try a new challenge, a new opportunity. I understand that; also, the club Because of what he has done for this club and for this team, we have to be respectful of that. There are negotiations between the clubs. He is still a Real Madrid player, but now it seems that he is ready to go.”
When asked if he tried to convince Casemiro to snub a move to Old Trafford, Ancelotti replied: “No, I always talked to him a lot during my second spell at Real Madrid. I just listened to his wish. I think there is. That’s what he wants, and if the negotiations go well, we just have to wish him the best.
United are ready to pay £60m for the Brazil international, a sum which will make him the fifth most expensive signing in club history behind Paul Pogba, Harry Maguire, Romelu Lukaku and Jadon Sancho. And, ahead of his planned move to Old Trafford, the Samba star was put through his paces in Madrid training. A video uploaded by Mark shows the 30-year-old with a big smile on his face while training alongside Dani Carvajal and other squad members.
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Casemiro is set to become United’s fourth signing this summer, following Tyrell Malacia, Lisandro Martinez and Christian Eriksen so far.
And the Red Devils are not done yet, with Ten Hag eyeing three more signings before the transfer window closes on September 1.
They want a substitute goalkeeper to compete with David De Gea, especially given the Spain international’s erratic form so far this season.
A new right-back is also in sight, with Barcelona’s Sergio Dest as his target. Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Brandon Williams could leave before the deadline.
And United also want a new striker, with Jamie Vardy and even Danny Welbeck two potential options as they work on a tight budget.
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In Casemiro, the Red Devils sign a serial winner.
He won five Champions League titles during his brilliant spell at Madrid, establishing himself as a Bernabeu legend.
But Jamie Carragher, writing for The Telegraph, called it ’embarrassing’ that the Red Devils are opting for the Brazilian after pulling out of a deal with Juventus’ Adrien Rabiot.
“If you are a club like United you should not walk away from transfers – after agreeing a fee with the sales team – because of wage demands,” he said, referring to the Rabiot agreement.
“Someone at the club should already know what kind of salary the player wants, long before he gets to that point.
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“They also spent weeks chasing Frenkie de Jong from Barcelona, and now they are running to try and sign Casemiro from Real Madrid.
“From De Jong, to Rabiot, to Casemiro. They are all different players with different styles and ages. What’s the plan here? Where is the strategy? It’s embarassing.
“Erik ten Hag will want his own players, of course, and so far this summer United have backed him in moves for Lisandro Martinez and Tyrell Malacia.
“I understand that because it’s hard to say no to a new manager when he’s just been appointed, but the hopelessness at this stage of the transfer window is another sign of the problems at the club.
“It’s like watching Supermarket Sweep.”
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