Casemiro: Manchester United seal transfer deal for Real Madrid midfielder Casemiro


Manchester United have reached an agreement with Real Madrid to take over Brazilian midfielder Casemiro, the English Premier League announced on Friday.

United will pay Madrid $60 million upfront with $10 million in extras for the midfielder’s services, British media reported Thursday.

“Manchester United are delighted to announce that the club has reached an agreement with Real Madrid on the transfer of Casemiro,” the club said in a statement announcing the news. The transfer is subject to the agreement of personal terms, UK visa requirements and a medical examination.

“Casemiro has played more than 500 professional matches, including 63 at international level for his native Brazil. He has won 17 major accolades in his illustrious career, including five Champions League titles and the Copa America,” the statement said.

“We are all looking forward to welcoming Casemiro to Old Trafford.”

The news follows previous comments by Real manager Carlo Ancelotti, who confirmed that Casemiro had informed him that he intended to leave the club.

“He wants to take on a new challenge, the club understands that,” Ancelotti told a press conference Friday before Real Madrid’s La Liga meeting against Celta Vigo.

At the time, Ancelotti said negotiations were still “ongoing”.

Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti speaks with Casemiro after Los Blancos' Super Cup victory against Eintracht Frankfurt.

The Brazil international has won three La Liga titles and five UEFA Champions Leagues since joining Real Madrid in 2013.

The 30-year-old, whose current contract runs until June 2025, has made 222 appearances for Los Blancos with 24 goals to his name.

The defensive midfielder would become Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag’s fourth signing of the summer, with the club already signing left-back Tyrell Malacia, midfielder Christian Eriksen and defender Lisandro Martínez.

United are currently bottom of the Premier League after a stormy start to the new season with consecutive defeats in the first two games. Last Saturday, United were humiliated 4-0 at Brentford, after which Ten Hag said his team’s plan was “thrown in the trash”.

“They (the players) make a bad decision, and this is football. It is a game of mistakes and we are punished for that,” said ten Hag afterwards.

“It’s naive how we played today. You have to play more directly. We attracted them; the space was high up on the pitch… We will learn, we have to learn. But it’s not good, it’s pretty obvious at this level.”

United host Liverpool at Old Trafford on Monday in a clash between two of the league’s fiercest rivals.

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