Casemiro has agreed to terms with Manchester United in the Premier League on a multi-year contract.
Manchester United has agreed to terms with La Liga winner Real Madrid for the acquisition of defensive midfielder Casemiro.
After notifying Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti this week of his desire to depart and face “a new challenge,” the Brazilian is apparently about to pen a four-to-five-year contract worth around $100 million.
"We understand his feeling, I do not think there is a way back," Ancelotti told media on Friday. "Real Madrid loses a player that has linked really well with the other midfielders with more quality, [Luka] Modric and [Toni] Kroos. He is important and has been key to Madrid's success."
Casemiro won five Champions League titles, three La Liga crowns, one Copa del Rey, and three Club World Cups after joining the Spanish giants in 2013 from Brazilian club Sao Paulo.
Now 30, he is ready to reconnect with former Real Madrid teammates Cristiano Ronaldo and Raphael Varane at United as new head coach Erik Ten Hag adjusts to the challenge at hand.
United is now bottom of the Premier League after losing both of its first games to unfavorable opponents, falling 2-1 to Brighton on the first match day before being thrashed 4-0 by Brentford the following weekend.
The Red Devils play Liverpool on Tuesday morning, but it is expected that Casemiro, who has 63 caps for Brazil, will not be eligible for selection despite the completion of his transfer.
His addition adds to United’s lackluster midfield, which has been mostly filled by fellow Brazilians Fred, Scott McTominay, and Bruno Fernandes.
He will almost certainly join fellow new transfer Christian Eriksen as Ten Hag aims to change both the system and style of play that has seen United drop from perennial European contenders to mockery under the Glazer family’s ownership in the post-Alex Ferguson era.
Despite being one of the richest clubs in the world, Manchester United has not won the domestic league title since 2013.