Casemiro to cost £59.7m, reportedly set to sign four-year deal around £350,000 per week
More information is emerging over Casemiro’s imminent million move to Manchester United, with The Athletic reporting contract details.
Casemiro is reported to be signing a four-year deal, which will run up to June 2026. United will also have a fifth year option, to extend to 2027 if the club wished.
His salary will be around £350,000 per week, The Athletic claim. This will push Casemiro close to David de Gea’s salary, but substantially below Cristiano Ronaldo’s.
Both of these expire in 2023, although United have options on both of them to extend by a further year.
Transfer fee £59.7m
BBC Sport’s Simon Stone reports Manchester United will pay 60 million Euros now and 10 million Euros in add-ons.
This total 70 million Euros fee converts to £59.7 million. He adds that United are ‘optimistic’ a deal gets done.
Next step is a medical
Spanish newspaper Marca report Casemiro has been given permission to undergo a medical which could be done as soon as Friday.
The Athletic more cautiously say the medical will be completed ‘in the coming days’, noting the deal is progressing ‘at good speed’.
Manchester United have been in dire need of a holding midfielder for some time, and this was exacerbated by Nemanja Matic’s departure on a free earlier this summer – even though he had been past his best for some time.
Casemiro is a year older than Matic was when United signed him, so there is some risk to this deal, but it is a gamble the club have chosen to take.
It could be worthwhile, with Casemiro firmly established as one of the world’s best players in his position and still operating at a very high level. He will certainly provide an immediate upgrade to a midfield which had been deeply flawed.
United are still looking to add players, and Casemiro could be joined by another midfielder too. The Telegraph reported last night United wanted to sign an additional five players before the deadline, with two midfielders among them.