Manchester United have announced that the club have reached an agreement with Real Madrid for the transfer of Brazilian midfielder Casemiro.
The transfer is subject to the agreement of personal terms, UK visa requirements and a medical.
Casemiro is greatly appreciated by Real boss Carlo Ancelotti but he was reportedly not viewed as indispensable, given the wealth of options the current UEFA Champions League holders have in the centre of the pitch.
Luka Modric signed a contract extension to 2023 and Toni Kroos also provides pedigreed experience to mesh with younger talents, Eduardo Camavinga, Aurelien Tchouameni and Federico Valverde.
Real could not guarantee a spread of minutes to Manchester United’s new signing. It was viewed as sensible to get his wages off the books, while banking a big transfer fee, though the final decision was ultimately made by Casemiro.
United have desperately needed a defensive midfielder for years and the Brazilian offers attributes manager Erik ten Hag does not possess in his squad.
The former Sao Paulo man has played over 300 times for Madrid and has been part of five Champions League successes.
Casemiro will become United’s fourth summer signing, after the arrivals of Christian Eriksen, Tyrell Malacia and Lisandro Martinez.
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.