Manchester United insiders think signing Casemiro is a ‘blessing’ they’ve ‘needed for some time’

REVEALED: Man United insiders believe the £70million signing of Casemiro is a ‘blessing’ the club ‘have needed for some time’ while talks for Ajax striker Antony and Christian Chelsea’s Pulisic continue

  • Manchester United set to complete Casemiro signing for £70m
  • The Brazilian defensive midfielder bid farewell to Real Madrid on social media
  • Erik ten Hag’s side continue pursuit of Antony and Christian Pulisic
  • Ajax star Antony told reporters he couldn’t guarantee he would stay at the club

Casemiro has bid farewell to Real Madrid as he travels to Manchester United for his medical today.

The Brazilian midfielder, who won 18 titles in nine seasons with Madrid, will join United for £70million pending his medical and visa application.

He made over 300 appearances for the Spanish side after initially joining his native Sao Paulo at the age of 20.

Casemiro bid farewell to Real Madrid after Manchester United agreed to pay £70m for him

The Brazilian midfielder made over 300 appearances for Madrid after joining aged 20

The Brazilian midfielder made over 300 appearances for Madrid after joining aged 20

He won 18 titles in his nine years at the Bernabeu after signing from Sao Paulo

He won 18 titles in his nine years at the Bernabeu after signing from Sao Paulo

Casemiro trained with Carlo Ancelotti’s side for one last time on Friday and his arrival ends United’s long wait for a defensive midfielder as the club have been keen to find an anchor to support the playmaker offensive player and star Bruno Fernandes for several seasons.

The Brazilian took to social media on Saturday morning to say: “I have lived the most wonderful story I have ever imagined. I hope to return one day to what will always be my home. Not in a thousand lives I will not be able to give back to Real Madrid everything you have given me. Forever… Hala Madrid!’

Casemiro has told Ancelotti and Madrid he wants a new challenge after United offered the 30-year-old a four-year contract with the option of a further year for around £360,000 a week.

They have agreed to pay Madrid £60m with an additional £10m in bonuses as he is set to become Erik ten Hag’s fourth signing this summer.

A United dressing room insider said sports mail that Casemiro’s arrival is seen as “a blessing” while some players have said that “a bulldog like him has been needed for some time”.

Casemiro has posted a heartfelt goodbye on social media as he prepares to join Manchester United

Casemiro has posted a heartfelt goodbye on social media as he prepares to join Manchester United

He has told Carlo Ancelotti and Madrid he would like a new challenge after interest from United

He has told Carlo Ancelotti and Madrid he would like a new challenge after interest from United

The Brazilian won five Champions League titles with Madrid, including May's win over Liverpool

The Brazilian won five Champions League titles with Madrid, including May’s win over Liverpool

United are now waiting for Ajax striker Antony who is agitating to leave the Dutch champions.

United have left a £67m offer on the table with Ajax and have PSV Eindhoven’s Cody Gakpo as an alternative option.

Talks with Chelsea for Christian Pulisic are yet to start after initial contact.

United have asked to loan the USA international but Chelsea want to sell. However, a compromise could be found if the 23-year-old’s contract is extended to protect Chelsea’s assets.

United are also continuing to seek a deal with Ajax striker Antony, who is keen on a move

United are also continuing to seek a deal with Ajax striker Antony, who is keen on a move

Erik ten Hag continues to look to strengthen his squad after a disastrous start to the season

Erik ten Hag continues to look to strengthen his squad after a disastrous start to the season

Antony missed training on Friday, opting to work in the gym instead and told Ajax he wanted the chance to join United.

Talking about the influence Erik ten Hag has had in his career, Antony told the Dutch newspaper by Telegraaf: ‘Erik was super important to me. I will always be cheering for Erik after working so closely together.

“What I can say is that I want to make the right decision with my family, my business partners and Ajax, which is good for everyone.” Ultimately, God determines my future.’

They are also interested in Christian Pulisic but talks have yet to start after first contact

They are also interested in Christian Pulisic but talks have yet to start after first contact

When asked if he could guarantee his stay with Ajax beyond the summer, he added: “No, to be perfectly honest, I can’t.”

“Now I focus on football and have left all other matters to my agents and my brother. They will advise me on what is best.

“I am very happy at Ajax, I have a contract until the summer of 2025 and I will give everything for this beautiful club at every second.

“I wear the jersey with pride and from day one I feel at home.

“If we all decide that I will stay here, then I know it’s the best thing for me and the club. It’s not like I have to leave.

United, meanwhile, have ruled out a transfer for Yannick Carrasco from Atletico Madrid.

Talks are underway with Marseille over the loan departure of United defender Eric Bailly.

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