Man United agree deal to sign Casemiro from Real Madrid

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MADRID (AP) — Manchester United reached a deal on Friday to sign midfielder Casemiro from Real Madrid, ending the Brazilian’s successful stint in Spain and giving the struggling English giant a much-needed reinforcement.

The two clubs confirmed the deal but did not provide financial details, although Spanish media said the deal for the 30-year-old Brazilian was worth around 70 million euros ($70 million) plus fees. variables.

United said the transfer is subject to the personal terms agreement, UK visa requirements and a medical examination.

United, who have lost their opening two games of the season, have been on the hunt for a central midfielder since the transfer window opened.

Casemiro’s arrival should be a boost for United’s beleaguered manager Erik ten Hag, who unsuccessfully deployed playmaker Christian Eriksen in a deeper midfield role in the 4-0 defeat of United. last weekend in Brentford. Madrid have thanked Casemiro and called him a club legend. He had been at Madrid since 2013 and helped them win 18 titles, including five Champions League and three Spanish leagues.

The club said Casemiro will be honored at an event at the team’s training center tomorrow.

Brazilian midfielder Casemiro attends a training session at Ciudad Real Madrid training complex. PHOTO: AFP

Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti said earlier on Friday that Casemiro was in transfer talks and that a deal was imminent.

He said he spoke with Casemiro and felt “there was no turning back”.

“He wants to try a new challenge, a new opportunity,” Ancelotti told a news conference.

“The club understands. With everything he has done for this club and the person he is, we have to respect him. There are talks at the moment, he is still a Real Madrid player at this stage, but he wants to leave.

Ancelotti said he didn’t try to change Casemiro’s mind about leaving.

“I didn’t try to convince him, I just listened, because I spoke to Casemiro throughout my time here and he helped us so much,” Ancelotti said.

“After hearing what he wants, there is no turning back. If he doesn’t stay, we will have a huge feeling of gratitude towards him for everything he has done.

Casemiro, 30, has been at Madrid since 2013 and is considered one of the best midfielders in the world.

Madrid’s midfield has been one of the best in the world in recent years with Casemiro playing alongside Toni Kroos and Luka Modric.

Casemiro helped the club win five Champions League titles and three Spanish leagues, among several other trophies.

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