Manchester United are on the verge of signing Real Madrid midfielder Casemiro in a deal initially valued at €60m, which will rise to €70m if all the terms and conditions are met.
The Brazil international has agreed a four-year deal at Old Trafford brokered by United’s director of football John Murtough.
Casemiro’s contract offer includes the option of a fifth year, which can be triggered optionally.
The deal is still ongoing, but it is believed to be moving forward at a good pace. United are now confident of signing the player with a medical kit set to be the next level in the coming days.
The 30-year-old is already among Real Madrid’s highest-earning players and while United’s offer doesn’t come close to the double-your-money package proposed in the Spanish media, Casemiro is certain to be among the club’s top earners, with the exception of Cristiano Ronaldo.
His salary is understood to be at a similar level to David de Gea, who is reportedly earning in excess of £350,000.
The athlete understands that Casemiro will receive a modest boost if United qualifies for the Champions League and his deal will be heavily motivated and merit-based. While he will earn slightly more at United than at Real, his earnings will fall significantly if Erik ten Hag’s side continue to miss out on Champions League football.
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Securing Casemiro’s services has been United’s main focus ahead of the September 1 deadline, as reported by The Athletic earlier on Thursday.
United have been drawn in by his character and elite heritage as a defensive midfielder, while the player himself is reportedly keen on the Premier League challenge.
Casemiro has already won three La Liga titles, five UEFA Champions Leagues and three FIFA Club World Cups in his illustrious career.
It is believed his recruitment could help United realize Fred’s full potential.
Casemiro is acting in a holding role for Brazil, allowing Fred to take on a more advanced position and there is hope the momentum could be replicated at Old Trafford.
Real Madrid and Casemiro’s representatives didn’t react when approached by The Athletic.
United, meanwhile, have also reignited their interest in Ajax striker Antony.
But they face the challenge of bringing him into this window after seeing an offer of €80m (£67.6m) turned down and PSV’s Cody Gakpo is an alternative target.
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