Eager to add two new central midfielders to his squad before the transfer window closes, Erik ten Hag has eventually – reluctantly – accepted that a deal for Barcelona’s Frenkie de Jong could not go through.
United have started exploring alternatives for the Dutchman but have already pulled out of a deal for Juventus’ Adrien Rabiot amid his huge salary demands.
As well as a capable, creative central midfielder, Ten Hag also want a more defensive, destructive presence to provide protection from defences, and this has led the club to explore the possibility of signing Casemiro.
While United are yet to formally contact Real, they have club officials in Madrid and are studying the logistics and likelihood of luring the Brazilian to Old Trafford.
Real have little immediate desire to sell Casemiro but Spanish radio station Onda Cero report they may be tempted to cash in if they receive a big enough offer.
That figure has been set at €70m (£59m) and would be seen as too good to turn down, although it remains to be seen whether United’s hierarchy would be willing to pay that much for a player who turned 31 in February becomes.
Casemiro cost just €6m (£5m) when he joined the Bernabeu from Sao Paulo in 2013 and his sale at a massive profit would give Real a huge boost to their finances and give them huge leeway in terms of La Liga FFP rules concerned.
Carlo Ancelotti still sees the Brazilian as an important part of his squad and would be reluctant to leave him, although it’s also acknowledged they have a surplus of quality options in midfield.
As well as the proven trio of Casemiro, Toni Kroos and Luka Modric, Ancelotti also has Federico Valverde, Eduardo Camavinga, Dani Ceballos and summer new signing Aurelien Tchouameni.
Real’s two French youngsters both started Real’s first game of the new LaLiga season against Almeria with Casemiro on the bench.
Aside from the Champions League champions being willing to sell Casemiro if the right offer arrives, Marca report that the midfielder himself is also considering the possibility of leaving the Bernabeu.
While happy and very settled in the Spanish capital, he hasn’t closed the door on a potential exit and is currently evaluating the project on offer at United and whether he would be willing to spend a season outside of the Champions League.
At the moment, however, United have not made an official offer and the Red Devils are currently scrambling to strengthen their squad in a variety of different positions before the window closes.
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