Real Madrid’s Casemiro wants to sign for Manchester United

Real Madrid’s Casemiro wants to sign for Manchester United

Casemiro wants to join Manchester United, Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has confirmed, saying the midfielder wants “a new challenge” away from the Bernabeu.

ESPN reported on Thursday that the Brazil international midfielder, who has won five Champions Leagues and three LaLiga titles in nine years in Madrid, was considering an offer from United, with a decision imminent.

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Casemiro, 30, is expected to receive a substantial pay rise at United, who are looking to strengthen their squad after losing the first two games of the Premier League season.

“I discussed it with [Casemiro] this morning,” Ancelotti said at a press conference on Friday before Madrid’s LaLiga match at Celta de Vigo. “He wants to try a new challenge, a new opportunity. The club and I understand it. Casemiro, with what he has done at this club and with the person he is, we have to respect this desire that he has.

Right now there are negotiations. Nothing is official, he is still a Real Madrid player, but he wants to leave. If he leaves and reaches an agreement, we have the resources to replace him.

Ancelotti said he had not tried to convince the player to change his mind.

“I just heard it,” said the Italian coach. “Listening to his desire to leave, there is no turning back… If the negotiation goes well and an agreement is reached, we have to wish him well and look at what we have.

“It’s hard to talk now, because we don’t know what will happen in the next few hours, if he stays or goes. But if he does go, we are very grateful to him.”

Real Madrid have already added a potential replacement to their squad this summer, signing French international Aurelien Tchouameni for a fee of €80m in June.

Ancelotti said the club would not be looking to bring in an additional midfielder if Casemiro completes his move to United.

“We have replacements within the team,” he said. “We have a lot of good players who can play in that position. Tchouameni is one of the best midfielders on the market at the moment. Then there is the option of Toni Kroos, who can play in that position, like he did in my second year.” here [the 2014-15 season]when we won 22 games in a row.

“We have [Eduardo] Camavinga, who played last year. We cannot replace Casemiro with a player with the same characteristics, but we have others with different characteristics… In my [AC Milan] equipment [Andrea] Pirlo played in that position and he did well.”

“If Casemiro leaves, we have six midfielders,” Ancelotti added. “[Luka] Modric, Kroos, Tchouameni, [Fede] Valverde, Camavinga and [Dani] Ceballos. I think six is ​​enough to manage the whole season.”

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