Casemiro: Manchester United close to agreeing £59.2m deal for Real Madrid midfielder |  Transfer Center News

Casemiro: Manchester United close to agreeing £59.2m deal for Real Madrid midfielder | Transfer Center News

Manchester United are close to agreeing a £59.2m deal for Real Madrid midfielder Casemiro but have had a £67.6m bid rejected for Ajax winger Antony.

United will pay the Spanish giants £50.7m for Casemiro with £8.5m in add-ons, while the Brazilian has a four-year contract with an option for a further 12 months at Old Trafford on the table.

But the move is unlikely to be completed in time for the 30-year-old to be available for Monday night’s home game against Liverpool, live on Sky Sportsas he requires a visa.

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Casemiro is highly regarded by Real boss Carlo Ancelotti, but he is reportedly not seen as indispensable given the many options the Champions League holders have in midfield.

Luka Modric signed a contract extension until 2023 and Toni Kroos also provides pedigree experience to interact with younger talents, Eduardo Camavinga, Aurelien Tchouameni and Federico Valverde.

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Real cannot guarantee a spread of minutes for Manchester United’s potential new signing. It would be seen as sensible to get his wages off the books, while paying a hefty transfer fee, but Real have stressed that the final decision is Casemiro’s to make.

United have been in desperate need of a defensive midfielder for years and the Brazilian offers the qualities manager Erik ten Hag does not have in his squad.

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South American football pundit Tim Vickery gives more insight into Casemiro and Matheus Cunha’s chances of joining Manchester United and whether the moves would work.

The former Sao Paulo man has played over 300 times for Madrid and has been part of five Champions League successes.

Casemiro will become United’s fourth summer signing following the arrivals of Christian Eriksen, Tyrell Malacia and Lisandro Martinez.

Man Utd have £67.6m Antony bid rejected

Ajax star Antony
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Ajax star Antony worked under current United boss Erik ten Hag at the Dutch club

United are also looking to recruit a striker this summer but have had a £67.6m bid for winger Antony rejected by Ajax, who want to keep the 22-year-old.

United are deciding whether to make an improved bid, but PSV Eindhoven’s Cody Gakpo is seen as a more realistic option.

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Dutch football expert Marcel Van der Kraan brings perspective from the Netherlands on why Cody Gakpo is so highly ranked in Europe

Any move for the Dutchman is likely to happen after PSV’s Champions League qualifier against Rangers on Wednesday.

However, United’s focus for now is on the Casemiro deal and potentially a move for another midfielder.

United are still interested in Caicedo

Brighton and Hove Albion's Moises Caicedo in action during the Premier League match at the AMEX Stadium, Brighton.  Photo date: Saturday 13 August 2022.
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Brighton defensive midfielder Moises Caicedo is a Manchester United target this summer

With two weeks to go until the transfer window closes, Man Utd are looking at other midfield options with a move for Juventus’ Adrien Rabiot now increasingly unlikely due to wage demands. However, they have increased their interest in Brighton’s Moises Caicedo.

United will decide internally whether to formalize their interest given Brighton’s strong stance of “no intention to sell”.

The 20-year-old Ecuadorian impressed in Brighton’s 2-1 win at Old Trafford at the weekend as Graham Potter’s side handed new United boss Erik ten Hag their first game defeat.

Caicedo first made his debut in the Premier League for Brighton at Arsenal in April. He has become a first-team regular for Potter after starting his last 10 league games and has made 12 appearances in all competitions for the club.

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United are long-term admirers of Caicedo – they looked to sign him when he joined Brighton from Ecuadorian club Independiente del Valle in February 2021.

However, Brighton’s transfer policy is that they will only sell at the right time at the right price.

United will have internal discussions on whether to formalize their interest with an official bid.

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Caicedo, whose deal at Brighton runs until the summer of 2025, also scored his first Premier League goal against United in the stunning 4-0 win at the Amex Stadium in May.

Last October, he became the first player born in the 21st century to score in CONMEBOL World Cup Qualifying, with a goal in Ecuador’s 4-2 win over Uruguay.

Brighton have already sold two key players to Premier League sides this summer after Marc Cucurella left for Chelsea in a £60m deal and midfielder Yves Bissouma to Tottenham for £35m.

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Kaveh Solhekol discusses whether Manchester United’s stance on Cristiano Ronaldo is softening as uncertainty remains over his future at the club

Cristiano Ronaldo could be allowed to leave United this month if Ten Hag decides his departure would be better for the club going forward.

United’s position has not changed and Ronaldo is not for sale. He still has one year left on his contract and United have an option to extend it by a further 12 months.

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Speaking on MNF, Jamie Carragher analyzes Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag’s decision to have his team play from the back.

Sky Sports News reported on Monday that Atletico Madrid and Chelsea remained two possible destinations for Ronaldo if United change their attitude and let him leave.

However, there are senior figures at both clubs who are not convinced they should sign Ronaldo.

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