Manchester United close on Casemiro and Real Madrid to accept offer

Manchester United are nearing the signing of Brazilian midfielder Casemiro, and Real Madrid are expected to accept an offer of €60 million plus extras.

Erik ten Hag’s squad has been looking for midfield reinforcements all summer and will try to finalize the deal on Friday after submitting an official bid late Thursday night. The compensation can be as high as €70 million (£59.2 million) if certain clauses are met.

Talks now continue with the players’ camp, with United offering a four-year contract plus an option to extend for another season. Casemiro’s current deal with Real Madrid runs until 2025. United’s football director, John Murtough, is working on the deal immediately after coming under pressure for a slow summer of transfer business so far.

Now 30 years old, Casemiro has won five Champions Leagues and four Spanish titles with Real Madrid after joining them from São Paulo in 2013. Real have recruited Aurélien Tchouameni from Monaco this summer and maintain an interest in Bruno Guimaraes, but Newcastle are not accepting offers for their midfielder.

United are bottom of the Premier League after beating Brighton and Brentford in their first two games. The club have been working frantically to bolster Ten Hag’s squad after their bleak start, having signed Tyrell Malacia, Christian Eriksen and Lisandro Martínez earlier this summer.

Talk of a medical for Casemiro on Friday seems premature, meaning he wouldn’t be registered in time for Monday night’s Premier League game with arch-rival Liverpool at Old Trafford. If the deal goes through, the Brazilian will be reunited in Manchester with former Real team-mates Cristiano Ronaldo and Raphael Varane.

The board has more irons in the fire as United look to kickstart their ailing campaign, with PSV winger Gakpo, a player suggested by Ten Hag, still on their shortlist. United could also try to revive a transfer for Ajax winger Antony, although the Dutch side is currently unwilling to sell.

Protests are planned against the owners of Manchester United before and during Monday’s game against Liverpool. Ineos owner Sir Jim Ratcliffe has publicly stated his interest in buying the club from the Glazer family.

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