David Ornstein: Manchester United Ready to Make ‘Best in the World’ Midfielder One of Their Highest-Paid Players


Manchester United have fully shifted focus on trying to sign Real Madrid midfielder Casemiro, reports The Athletic’s David Ornstein. The Red Devils are desperately seeking a new defensive midfielder who can help transcend the performance level of their squad after a poor start to the season.

Manchester United Ready to Spend Big on Casemiro

Red Devils Willing to Make Brazilian Midfielder One of Their Highest-Paid Players

The Manchester side sent a delegation to speak with the Brazilian midfielder earlier this week, reveals Ornstein. While there is no agreement between either of the parties yet, the talks between United and the La Liga side are progressing. The Red Devils are optimistic that a deal can be done.

Casemiro has himself given positive indications of joining Erik ten Hag’s side after initial talks and he will also become one of the club’s highest-paid players if a deal goes through. However, Ornstein also claims that United are willing to double the salary which the 30-year-old receives at the Santiago Bernabeu are “off the mark.”

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The Red Devils are ready to make a competitive offer that will include significant performance-related bonuses that can help him earn a lucrative amount.

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United are admirers of Casemiro’s ability, as well as his character and professionalism on and off the pitch. He is known to have an “elite pedigree” as a defensive midfielder after being called ‘up there with the best midfielders, if not the best on the planet’ by rival and Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets last season.

The Red Devils are hopeful that the 30-year-old can also help unlock the potential of Fred, his national teammate, and allow him to play in a more advanced position. Of course, if they are able to get a deal done for Casemiro, it would mark the end of the Manchester side’s chase for Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong – Ornstein also states.

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United have been unable to agree on personal terms with the Dutch midfielder and have been forced to look into other options. But in Casemiro, they are tracking a world-class midfielder. The Brazilian has won three La Liga titles, five Champions League trophies and three FIFA Club World Cups with Real Madrid, making him among the most decorated players of his generation.