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Man Utd could oust Casemiro by signing £26m star who used to work in a pizza shop – opinion

As Manchester United gears up for their Premier League clash against Everton, manager Erik ten Hag finds himself at a critical juncture, both on and off the pitch.

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A victory against Everton could relieve some of the mounting pressure on the Dutchman, especially considering Everton’s recent ten-point deduction.

However, it’s not just the team’s on-field performance that occupies Ten Hag’s thoughts; the approaching January transfer window brings its own set of challenges.

Despite a lackluster summer transfer window, the January period becomes crucial for Ten Hag to reinforce the squad for the second half of the season.

Several players, including Casemiro, have been linked with potential exits, adding complexity to the winter transfer scenario.

Recent reports suggest that Casemiro, who joined the club just 18 months ago for a hefty £70 million fee, might be contemplating a departure.

Interest from Saudi Arabian clubs has surfaced, creating uncertainty about the Brazilian’s future at Manchester United.

Casemiro, with over three years left on his contract, presents an opportunity for Ten Hag to secure a substantial transfer fee.

However, questions arise about the decision to invest such a significant sum in a player approaching the twilight of his career.

The midfielder’s injury absence this season, coupled with potential interest from the lucrative Middle Eastern clubs, opens the possibility of a profitable sale, enabling Ten Hag to explore replacements during the same transfer window.

Amidst these developments, prospective new investor Sir Jim Ratcliffe is expected to inject approximately £1.4 billion into the club, providing Ten Hag with the financial means to reinforce the squad.

Recent reports, citing RMC Sport via TEAMtalk, suggest Ratcliffe’s interest in bringing two AS Monaco players to Old Trafford.

Defender Vanderson is mentioned, but it’s the potential pursuit of midfielder Youssouf Fofana that holds significant importance, especially if Casemiro departs.

With an estimated cost of €30 million (£26 million), Fofana could emerge as an excellent replacement in the heart of United’s midfield.

As Ratcliffe’s investment promises a boost for the club, Ten Hag may have the opportunity to secure key signings during the winter transfer window, with Fofana standing out as a potential target.

Youssouf Fofana’s journey to prominence is noteworthy, having started in the amateur ranks at JA Drancy after being dropped from the France national academy at Clairefontaine.

Overcoming challenges, including working in a pizzeria during his amateur days, Fofana progressed through the youth ranks at Strasbourg before making a mark at Monaco, amassing over 150 appearances and establishing himself as one of their standout talents.

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