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Manchester United have agreed a deal with Real Madrid to sign Casemiro, with the Brazil international primed to become their fourth signing of the summer transfer window. However, with the Red Devils needing a forward and Los Blancos being willing to offload Marco Asensio, the Red Devils effectively have a green light to negotiate a second deal. The Spain international has failed to kick on at the Bernabeu, and a move to Old Trafford can’t be ruled out.
Manchester United confirmed their agreement with Real Madrid for Casemiro on Friday night, saying in a statement: “Manchester United is delighted to announce that the club has reached agreement with Real Madrid for the transfer of Casemiro.
“The transfer is subject to the agreement of personal terms, UK visa requirements and a medical.
“Casemiro has played over 500 professional games, including 63 at international level for his native Brazil. He has won 17 major honours in his illustrious career including five Champions League titles and the Copa America.
“We all look forward to welcoming Casemiro to Old Trafford.”
United could, however, be tempted to sign a second player from their La Liga counterparts.
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It’s been known all summer long that Madrid are prepared to jettison Asensio, who has failed to develop into the superstar many thought he would become over at the Bernabeu.
And with United needing a forward, they could be tempted to act.
It was claimed earlier in the transfer window that the Red Devils weren’t ruling out the Spain international, who scored 10 goals from 31 league matches last term.
Asensio is represented by Jorge Mendes, who is also the super-agent of wantaway star Cristiano Ronaldo.
Should United allow Ronaldo to leave the club, something they’re seriously considering amid concerns over his attitude and conduct behind the scenes, Mendes may feasibly suggest his own client as a replacement.
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Though Asensio has often struggled for consistency in recent years, his goal tally last term was more than the likes of Jadon Sancho, Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial were able to manage combined.
United have a good relationship with Madrid, despite the fax machine debacle that prevented David De Gea from moving to the Bernabeu back in the summer transfer window of 2015.
And it’s thought they’re willing to listen to offers for Asensio at around the £25million mark, an amount that could make him a tempting proposition.
Certainly, it would be cheaper for the Glazers to sign the 26-year-old than fork out the £80m Ajax are demanding for Antony.
Asensio, unlike the Brazil international, has just a year left on his contract in Spain – with his current deal due to expire next summer.
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And United eyed a deal for the forward in 2018, when Jose Mourinho was manager, only to end up missing out on that occasion.
United need more winners in their squad, with the dressing room short on them ever since Sir Alex Ferguson’s emotional retirement nine years ago.
And Asensio would likely have no problems settling in due to the presence of Casemiro and Raphael Varane, as well as Ronaldo should the veteran end up staying put.
Asensio would also be cheaper than the £34m PSV Eindhoven want in return for Cody Gakpo.
And, unlike Yannick Carrasco, he’s not previously dropped out of elite European football to play in the Chinese Super League.
United are still hoping to add to their squad, and their attack, by the time the transfer window slams shut on September 1.
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Asensio would be a cheap, but a shrewd option, as the Red Devils look to get more points on the board and climb up the Premier League table after a nightmare start to the campaign.
Casemiro, meanwhile, has penned a farewell message to Madrid after it was confirmed he’d be on the move to Old Trafford.
“I have lived the most wonderful story that I ever thought,” he said on social media.
“I hope to return one day to what will always be my home. Not in a thousand lifetimes will I be able to give back to @realmadrid and Real Madrid all that you have given me. Forever… Hala Madrid!”
Casemiro won’t be making his debut for United against Liverpool on Monday due to the fact he wasn’t registered in time.
Instead, it’s expected he’ll make his bow when they lock horns against Southampton next Saturday.
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