Manchester United have announced that they have reached an agreement with Real Madrid for the transfer of Brazilian midfielder Casemiro.
Earlier on Friday, Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti admitted that Casemiro was going to join Manchester United. The Premier League club have now confirmed that “an agreement in principle” is in place, in what will be a significant boost for Erik ten Hag.
“Manchester United is delighted to announce that the club has reached an agreement with Real Madrid for the transfer of Casemiro,” the statement read. “The transfer is subject to personal terms agreement, UK visa requirements and a medical examination.”
Casemiro will be United’s fourth acquisition of the transfer window after an initial €60m fee was agreed with Real Madrid, with the 30-year-old midfielder also agreeing to personal terms of a four-year deal of around £350,000 a week, with the option of a further 12 months.
The Brazilian international’s imminent arrival represents a blow to United after a difficult summer in the market that has featured failed moves from Jurrien Timber, Marko Arnautovic and Adrien Rabiot, plus a long-term search for Frenkie de Jong has stalled. with less than two weeks. he left before the September 1 deadline.
Madrid coach Ancelotti said: “I have spoken with Casemiro. He wants to try a new challenge. We understand his decision. Yesterday [Thursday] I realized that it was something real. My plans will not change. As far as a replacement is concerned, we have signed [Aurélien] Tchouaméni and is one of the best on the market. So, we have [Toni] kroos and [Eduardo] Camavinga.”
While the fee also includes another €10m in add-ons, Casemiro’s medical and visa are due to be addressed this weekend, although the latter may take a few days, as was the case for Lisandro Martínez and Christian Eriksen, two of the other Ten Hag additions.
Casemiro should immediately improve United’s midfield. Ten Hag only has Fred and Scott McTominay as regular front-row players in the department. Casemiro will bring a proven winning mentality, having won five Champions Leagues and three La Liga titles with Madrid since he joined the Spanish club from São Paulo in 2013.
Ten Hag also wants to sign Antony, the Ajax striker. While the Dutch club are reluctant to sell, The Guardian understands that the 22-year-old is disappointed with Ajax’s stance and is hopeful a transfer to United could still happen. To do so, a fee of £80m or more may be required for the Brazilian to be added to another area of the squad that Ten Hag wants to strengthen.
Another player based in the Netherlands, PSV winger Cody Gakpo, is an alternative identified by Ten Hag to Antony and would cost considerably less.