Manchester United have confirmed the signing of Casemiro from Real Madrid in a €60m (£50.8m) deal that could include a further €10m (£8.5m) in potential additions.
The 30-year-old Brazil international has signed a four-year contract with an option for a further year after completing his medical training at Old Trafford.
Five-time Champions League winner Casemiro will become United’s biggest signing of the summer under Erik ten Hag, strengthening the problem position in central midfield.
United switched to Casemiro after becoming frustrated in chasing Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong and acted quickly to finalize the deal after last weekend’s 4-0 defeat by Brentford, announcing him ahead of Monday night’s kick-off against Liverpool on.
Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti confirmed on Friday that the European champions would not stand in the way of Casemiro after the player informed the club of his desire to leave.
Casemiro did not start Madrid’s opening game of La Liga season following the arrival of France international Aurelian Tchouameni earlier in the summer for €80m and was convinced after initial talks to join United.
At United, Casemiro will be reunited with former Real Madrid team-mates Cristiano Ronaldo and Raphael Varane, players with whom he won three consecutive Champions League titles between 2016 and 2018.
He joins a team that is lacking in confidence after a bumpy start to the season. However, United lost both of their opening games under Ten Hag as Ronaldo’s future and the club’s ownership were uncertain.
United are bottom of the Premier League ahead of their home game against rivals Liverpool, a game Casemiro was obviously unable to attend as the new player registration deadline expired on Friday.
Casemiro could instead make his Southampton debut next Saturday.
https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/casemiro-manchester-united-transfer-fee-cristiano-ronaldo-b2148631.html Manchester United confirm Casemiro to sign €60m transfer from Real Madrid