Manchester United have confirmed the signing of Real Madrid midfielder Casemiro for £70m. The club will pay £60m upfront plus £10m in add-ons with Casemiro signing a four-year contract with a further option to extend by 12 months. The Brazilian bid an emotional farewell to Real Madrid on Monday and was unveiled before their game against Liverpool.
“I have worked with many great managers in my career and, having met with Erik and heard his ideas, I can’t wait to work closely with him, his staff, and my new team-mates in the coming years,” Casemiro said after completing his move to Manchester United from Real Madrid.
“They’re desperate. But he is a quality player. He is getting a long-term contract with a lot of money, it’s the same with [Christian] Eriksen getting a three-year deal,” Roy Keane said. “The agent must be delighted with that deal with Manchester United. When you’re desperate you pay over the odds, I suppose.”
“I don’t get as excited about the signings that Man United make at the moment as I know they’re not part of the strategy at the start of the summer. Every other club is really precise, you don’t see them pinging around like a pinball in the transfer market, from one to the other,” Gary Neville added. “It’s [Frenkie] De Jong, to [Adrien] Rabiot and then it ends up being Casemiro on a phenomenal contract that will cost the club £160m. I have to say, I think he’ll do well for a couple of years for the club, Casemiro. But someone in two years’ time is going to pick up a player who will be beyond his best years on £20m who they can’t shift. It may be Erik ten Hag, it may be another manager, it could be new owners. There is a large element of desperation with the signing because a five-year deal for a 30-year-old should not happen.”
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