Manchester United said on Friday they have agreed to sign the Real Madrid midfielder casemiro In a deal reportedly worth up to 60 million euros (USD 70 million). United manager Eric ten Haig has been desperate to land a defensive midfielder since taking over at Old Trafford and has finally settled for Casemiro after Barcelona failed to sign him. frankie de jango, Troubled United, who sit at the bottom of the Premier League after embarrassing defeats against Brighton and Brentford, are set to pay an initial €50million.
If certain conditions in the contract are met, the total fee will increase by another 10 million euros.
Casemiro has been offered a four-year contract with the option of a further 12-month extension, with the transfer subject to individual terms of agreement.
The 30-year-old joined Real in 2013 from So Paulo and has been a key figure in the midfield for the Spanish club, having won five Champions League titles.
“Manchester United are pleased to announce that the club has reached an agreement with Real Madrid for the transfer of Casemiro,” a United statement said.
“Transfer is subject to individual terms, UK visa requirements and a medical agreement.”
Ten Haag declined to discuss the transfer at his press conference earlier on Friday, but Real boss Carlo Ancelotti was more forthcoming when speaking to media in Spain.
“I discussed it with him this morning. He wants to try a new challenge, a new opportunity,” Ancelotti said.
“The club understands this. We have to respect everything he has done for this club and the person he is.
“If he doesn’t stay, we will have a sense of gratitude towards him for all he has done. We have replacements within the team.”
Real Madrid said they would pay “homage and farewell” to Casemiro on Monday, which will be attended by club president Florentino Perez.
In a statement, the Spanish giants called him “one of the most outstanding players in one of the most important and successful periods in our history”.
“Real Madrid is and always will be his home, and we wish him and his entire family the best of luck in this new chapter in their lives,” it added.
His arrival would fill a gap in Ten Haag’s midfield when de Jong’s long chase was ended by failure.
Casemiro’s wealth of experience and success at the highest level would make him a definite beginner rather than one Fred Or Scott McTominay in central midfield.
He is unlikely to be available for United’s next match against arch-rivals Liverpool at Old Trafford on Monday.
Instead, Casemiro’s debut could take place in Southampton in the Premier League on 27 August.
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