Real Madrid star Casemiro has ‘key factor’ behind thinking as Man Utd seek late transfer

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Real Madrid star Casemiro is wanted by Manchester United. And reports claim the Brazil international wanting to be a starter for the La Liga giants is a ‘key factor’ in his thinking as he considers a move to Old Trafford. The Samba star has won every major trophy during his spell at the Bernabeu, and could be tempted to pursue a new challenge elsewhere.

Manchester United have spent the whole summer chasing a midfielder.

But with their efforts to acquire Frenkie de Jong and Adrien Rabiot failing, they’ve now set their sights on an ambitious deal for Casemiro instead.

Though the Brazil international has long been a regular at the Bernabeu, he’s entering the twilight years of his career at 31 and may be tempted to chance his arm in the Premier League.

And, according to the National, whether or not he’s a starter for Real in the coming years will be a ‘key factor’ in his thinking.

At United, Casemiro would walk into the side.

The Red Devils have already lost Paul Pogba and Nemanja Matic so far this summer, with the duo leaving Old Trafford for Juventus and Roma respectively.

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Fred and Scott McTominay haven’t been good enough during the early stages of the campaign, toiling in defeats to Brighton and Brentford.

James Garner looks set to leave United, with Erik ten Hag surprisingly ready to offload the midfielder despite his fine form for Nottingham Forest last term.

And Donny van de Beek remains on the fringes of the action, two years after his blockbuster arrival from Ajax.

United are ready to offer Casemiro a four-year contract, while reports have suggested they’re also prepared to double his wages to a huge £360,000-a-week.

That would make him the fourth best-paid player in the Premier League, behind the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Erling Haaland and Mohamed Salah.

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But Casemiro, it seems, is eager to know whether he’ll continue to be an undroppable for Madrid before making a final decision on his future.

Real are set to enter a new phase under Carlo Ancelotti, with the La Liga giants now looking at young players to carry the mantle going forward.

They signed Eduardo Camavinga from Rennes last summer, at a time where United were also eyeing a deal for the France international.

And Real were able to beat many of Europe’s elite to the signature of Aurelien Tchouameni earlier in the summer, with the 22-year-old touching down from Monaco.

Casemiro isn’t the only player United are looking to recruit as they hunt reinforcements late in the transfer window.

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They’re keen on a new goalkeeper to provide competition for David De Gea, having loaned Dean Henderson to Nottingham Forest.

Asmir Begovic has been linked on Thursday, though it’ll be interesting see whether Everton stand in the way of a departure.

United would like a new right-back, too, at a time where Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Brandon Williams have been deemed surplus to requirements.

And they’d like a new forward to provide competition for Cristiano Ronaldo and Anthony Martial, with Joao Felix on their radar.

Meanwhile, former United star Paul Parker has claimed his old side are terrible at selling players and boosting their kitty in the process.

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“There were six players against Brentford that you would let go,” he told Bettered TV.

“They’ve been there under a minimum of three managers, so that tells you that there’s something wrong with the players.

“It’s the players that lose you a game of football and that’s what’s been happening at United for far too long.

“You can’t get rid of the players as they’re all on too much money. Clubs can’t even afford to take them on loan, but if you do take them on loan then what are you going to get from them?

“You’re not going to get a lot as they’re not willing enough to do it for their parent club.”

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