Manchester United stated on Friday they have agreed to signal Real Madrid midfielder Casemiro in a deal worth up to a said 60 million euros (USD 70 million). United supervisor Erik ten Hag has been determined to land a protective midfielder since taking cost at Old Trafford and has in the end settled for Casemiro after failing to signal Barcelona’s Frenkie de Jong. Troubled United, who sit bottom of the Premier League after embarrassing defeats towards Brighton and Brentford, are set to pay an preliminary 50 million euros.
The overall price would upward push by another 10 million euros if sure clauses in the contract are met.
Casemiro has been provided a four-year contract with the choice of a similarly 12-month extension, with the transfer subject to the settlement of personal terms.
The 30-year-old joined Real from Sao Paulo in 2013 and has been a key figure in midfield for the Spanish club, winning 5 Champions League titles.
“Manchester United is delighted to announce that the club has reached settlement with Real Madrid for the transfer of Casemiro,” a declaration from United said.
“The transfer is issue to the settlement of personal terms, UK visa necessities and a medical.
“Ten Hag refused to talk about the transfer at his press convention earlier on Friday, however Real boss Carlo Ancelotti was more imminent when speaking to the media in Spain.
“I’ve discussed it with him this morning. He wants to try a new challenge, a new opportunity,” Ancelotti said.
“The club understand it. With all he’s done for this club and the person he is, we have to respect it.
“If he doesn’t stay, we’ll have an enormous sense of gratitude to him for all he’s done. We have replacements within the squad.”
Real Madrid said they will hold a “tribute and farewell” to Casemiro on Monday which will be attended by the club’s president, Florentino Perez.
In a statement, the Spanish giants called him “one of the most transcendental players in one of the most significant and successful periods in our history.”
“Real Madrid are and always will be his home, and we wish him and all his family the best of luck in this new chapter of his life,” it added.
His arrival will fill a void in Ten Hag’s midfield after his prolonged pursuit of De Jong ended in failure.
Casemiro’s wealth of experience and success at the highest level will make him a certain starter instead of either 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 come at Southampton in the Premier League on August 27.