British media reported on Thursday that United are set to pay Real Madrid $60 million up front with an additional $10 million for the midfielder’s services.
“Manchester United is pleased to announce that the club has reached an agreement with Real Madrid regarding the transfer of Casemiro,” the club said in a statement announcing the news. Transfer is subject to personal terms agreement and UK and medical visa requirements.
Casemiro has played more than 500 professional matches, including 63 caps for his native Brazil. He has won 17 major honors in his illustrious career including five UEFA Champions League and Copa América titles.
“We all look forward to welcoming Casemiro to Old Trafford.”
This news comes on the heels of previous comments made by Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti, who confirmed that Casemiro had expressed his intention to leave the club.
“He wants to take on a new challenge, as the club understands,” Ancelotti told reporters at a press conference on Friday before Real Madrid’s La Liga match against Celta Vigo.
At the time, Ancelotti said negotiations were still “ongoing”.
The Brazil international has won three La Liga titles and five Champions League titles 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 will become Manchester United manager Eric ten Hag’s fourth addition this summer, with the club already signing left-back Terrell Malacia, midfielder Christian Eriksen and defender Lisandro Martinez.
United are currently at the bottom of the Premier League after suffering a strong start to the new season with two consecutive defeats in their first two matches. Last Saturday, United lost 4-0 away to Brentford, after which Ten Hag said his team’s plan had been put “in the trash”.
“They (the players) make a bad decision, and that’s football. It’s a game of mistakes and we get punished,” Ten Hag said afterwards.
“It’s naive the way we played today. You have to play more direct. We attracted them. The space was high on the pitch… We’ll learn, we have to learn. But it’s not good, it’s quite clear at this level.”
United host Liverpool at Old Trafford on Monday in a clash between two of the league’s fiercest opponents.
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