Manchester United overnight news round-up…
Manchester United’s move to sign Casemiro has been confirmed by the club. The deal is pending visa and medical.
Fabrizio Romano reports the Brazil midfielder is set to fly to Manchester on Saturday to undergo his medical and sign paperwork.
The deal is a major coup and Real Madrid have also released a statement confirming the move, and they intend to officially pay tribute to the midfielder with a goodbye presentation on Monday.
Raphael Varane has already welcomed his new teammate to Manchester United, who he reunites with after success at Real Madrid.
Harry Maguire linked to Chelsea
A surprise transfer rumour has highlighted how the transfer window really is getting a little bonkers.
Chelsea are considering a swoop on £80 million Manchester United defender Harry Maguire, The Mail report.
A swap deal has also been floated which could see Christian Pulisic move to Old Trafford.
Maguire has had a poor start to the season, and the report suggests the defender could be dropped for the game against Liverpool on Monday night. There are also questions over his captaincy.
Selling Maguire would be tempting if a big offer came in. Whether Erik ten Hag feels the same way, is another matter.
If Maguire was sold, then Eric Bailly’s proposed loan move to Marseille would have to be cancelled.
Awful Glazer plan
The Times reports the Glazers are considering selling a portion of Manchester United’s future TV income.
The plan is being considered as a way to finance a stadium rebuild. It is one option being considered.
It is reminiscent of the way Barcelona are currently mortgaging off their future to fix their short-term financial issues, where they appear to be taking a huge risk.
The Glazer plan would be deeply unpopular. Manchester United need owners capable of financing the stadium by themselves.
When Sir Jim Ratcliffe was in talks over Chelsea, he pledged £1.75 billion to be spent on the team and stadium. This is the type of owner Manchester United deserve.
United are going nowhere under the Glazers, who do not have their own money to invest, and taking away some of the club’s future income, to pay back an investment fund for a loan, is a scary idea.