Manchester United have switched their attention to yet another midfielder, as Casemiro has been targeted as an 'alternative' to Adrien Rabiot.
United had initially agreed a £15million deal to sign the Juventus midfielder, but it's on the verge of falling through as personal terms are proving to be an issue. Rabiot is represented by his mother Veronique, and not only was she supposedly not keen on Manchester as a destination, she's driving a hard bargain over a potential package for her son.
Erik ten Hag has begun looking at other options, as Rabiot joins Frenkie de Jong on the list of near misses for United. According to The Telegraph, Casemiro is now United's no.1 target, but it could cost them £50m to sign the Real Madrid star.
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With respect to Rabiot, the household name of Casemiro will come as an exciting proposition to any United fan as the Brazilian is one of the best midfielders in world football. The 30-year-old was vital in Madrid's double-winning season that saw them lift both the La Liga title and the Champions League.
The old-school midfield trio of Toni Kroos, Luka Modric and Casemiro is due to come to an abrupt end at some point, but Madrid are already prepared with Aurelien Tchouameni, Eduardo Camavinga and Fede Valverde ready and waiting. Casemiro is still seen as an important figure at the Bernabeu, but Madrid could be tempted to sell if the price is right.
United have opened discussions with Madrid, and a £50m bid has been proposed as they look to finally end their midfield crisis. But with the Brazilian having to surrender Champions League football, and a realistic chance of winning another domestic title, their chances are slim.
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The recruitment at United has been shambolic over the past decade, as over one billion has been spent with little to show for it. But this summer has been particularly alarming, and also damaging to their reputation.
United remain one of the biggest clubs in the world, and not too long ago they were able to attract any name in world football. But their inability to do so this summer just goes to show how far they have fallen.
They've fallen in the Premier League too, and with zero points on the board they're rooted to the bottom of the table. Ten Hag needs reinforcements, and United need an answer, but with only two weeks left in the summer window their time is running out.
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