Manchester United’s search for a new midfielder has been borderline embarrassing, but they could soon take a huge, but very expensive, step in solving their problems
Casemiro has emerged as a top target for Manchester United
Manchester United are prepared to put Real Madrid ace Casemiro on the same wages as Cristiano Ronaldo to help solve their midfield crisis.
Erik ten Hag is believed to have identified the central midfield area as a key area to address when he initially took up the reins at Old Trafford. However, their pursuit has so far been fruitless, despite the fact they have chased priority target Frenkie de Jong for the best part of 100 days.
The purported interest in Casemiro suggests the Red Devils are conceding defeat when it comes to the Barcelona midfielder, who has also been linked with a move to Chelsea. And to ensure they don’t repeat the same mistakes, it appears they would be willing to break the bank to bring Casemiro to Old Trafford.
That is according to Relevo, who claim United are willing to offer Real Madrid £67m to bring the 30-year-old to the Red side of Manchester. The audacious pursuit of the five-time Champions League winner proceeds the Red Devils’ recent failed attempt of signing Adrien Rabiot.
It is understood talks between United and the Juventus midfielder broke down as a result of the Frenchman’s lofty wage demands. Another transfer failure has once again prompted the Reds to consider their options and Casemiro appears to be at the top of the list.
However, Casemiro’s status as being somewhat of a marquee signing for the club, means they will have to put up or shut up if they are going to get the deal over the line. And this could be in the form of a weekly salary of around £360,000 per week.
Ronaldo is currently the highest earner at Manchester United
This would make him the club’s joint highest earner, alongside want away star Ronaldo. It is a weekly salary which would reportedly double the current wages he is on at the Bernabeu.
While Casemiro remains a vitally important player for Carlo Ancelotti, recent signings Aurelien Tchouameni and Eduardo Camavinga suggest the Brazilian is not part of the club’s long term plans. Casemiro would be the second big name player to swap Real Madrid for United in two seasons,
United defender Raphael Varane made the move to Old Trafford last summer in a deal believed to have been around £34m. Unfortunately, the move has not been as successful as many would have predicted.