United seals Casemiro deal

Manchester United announced on Friday that they have agreed a deal worth up to £60million ($70million) for Real Madrid midfielder Casemiro.

United manager Eric Ten Hag has been desperate to sign a defensive midfielder since taking charge at Old Trafford, and has finally made the move after failing to sign Barcelona’s Frenkie De Jong.

United, who are currently bottom of the Premier League after suffering embarrassing defeats against Brighton and Brentford, are are expected to pay an initial £50 million. The total charge will increase by a further £10m if certain contractual terms are met.

Casemiro has been offered a four-year contract with an option to extend for a further 12 months, with the transfer subject to personal terms of the deal. The 30-year-old joined Real from Sao Paulo in 2013 and has played a key role in the Spanish club’s midfield, winning five Champions League titles.

Real Madrid have announced they will hold a “tribute and farewell” on Monday for Casemiro, which will be attended by club president Florentino Pérez.

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