Manchester United is nearing an agreement with Real Madrid to capture Brazilian star Casemiro. However, given their lack of quality in that area, the Red Devils may use at least one more midfielder. Sergej Milinkovic-Savic of Lazio, please…
Manchester United is on the verge of bringing in a new midfielder.
While they initially targeted Barcelona’s Frenkie de Jong and Juventus’ Adrien Rabiot, Real Madrid dynamo Casemiro is now set to join United.
United are ready to spend £60 million for the Brazilian international, who won five Champions League crowns during his time in Spain.
They’re also willing to offer the 30-year-old a four-year contract with an option for an additional year as they aim to improve after a disastrous start to the new Premier League season.
While Casemiro is an excellent signing, he should not be the Red Devils’ final midfielder signing this summer.
Scott McTominay is simply not good enough for a club the size and grandeur of Manchester United, with the Scotland international long unreliable in the middle of the park.
The same can be said regarding Fred, despite the fact that the Brazilian international appears to be better when played higher up the field.
Donny van de Beek is still a mystery two years after arriving from Ajax during Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s tenure as manager.
And James Garner has yet to prove himself at the highest level, prompting speculation that United may be willing to let him go this summer.
In addition to their pursuit of Casemiro, United is said to have made contact with Milinkovic-Savic about a possible move.
And, while he’s been linked to the Red Devils every summer in recent years, now is the time to strike.
The Serbia international is a player who is rapidly improving. He was a standout for Lazio last season, scoring 11 goals and dishing out 11 assists in 37 Serie A games.
Milinkovic-Savic was originally a conductor, but since Maurizio Sarri’s hiring, he has blossomed into much more.
The 27-year-old would be an excellent replacement for Paul Pogba. A box-to-box player in 2022, someone who can contribute on both ends of the field.
He’s also a leader, serving as captain when captain Ciro Immobile is unavailable.
Express Sport was recently informed that Milinkovic-Savic was not on Manchester United’s radar at a time when the club was interested in Frenkie de Jong.
But, with De Jong out of the picture, it appears the Red Devils have made a U-turn.
It would cost £42 million to sign the Serb, which is expected to be crucial for Lazio as they seek their first Scudetto since 2000.
It remains to be seen whether the Glazers are willing to spend more money.
What’s interesting is that, after being tight for the bulk of the summer, Americans now appear to be ready to loosen their purse strings.
Casemiro costs £60 million. United have also made a large deal for Antony, though Ajax has refused them down.
More will undoubtedly be necessary if Manchester United are to finally fight for the Premier League crown after years in the wilderness.
And Milinkovic-Savic would be a good option given his recent form for Lazio.
Meanwhile, amid reports that the Glazers are poised to sell a minority party in the club to American private equity firm Apollo, Gary Neville has lashed out at the club’s owners.
“If the rumors that the Glazer Family is ready to part sell ahead of a full sale are true, it is completely unacceptable that this is to a US investment fund,” he stated.
“Apollo has been discussed, but they should be aware that they will not be welcomed in Manchester.”
“The American paradigm of sports ownership is based on a high return on investment” (at all cost ie Super League and Big Picture).
“The ownership arrangement in England needs to alter, and US money poses a greater risk than any other overseas currency.”