Casemiro Set for Manchester United Departure in January Transfer Window
Casemiro appears set to depart Manchester United during the upcoming January transfer window, acknowledging that his future lies away from Old Trafford. The 31-year-old arrived with considerable acclaim in August 2022, signing a lucrative four-year contract following a £60 million deal with Real Madrid.
Initially, Casemiro’s performances at Old Trafford showed promise, particularly in bolstering the team’s fragile midfield and contributing crucial late goals. Manager Erik ten Hag commended his contributions in January, praising his adeptness in organizing the defensive line and his technical prowess on the ball.
However, incidents marred his tenure, notably resulting in two swift red cards leading to suspensions, coinciding with a visible dip in performance levels this season, which mirrored a decline in Manchester United’s overall form.
Despite Casemiro’s absence from the squad due to injury since October, substantial interest persists in his services from the Saudi Pro League. Sources disclosed to 90min that Casemiro recognizes that the present juncture might be opportune for his departure from Manchester United, especially considering the robust interest from the Middle East.
United, contemplating the prospect of recouping their substantial investment in Casemiro, remain open to a potential transfer in January should a suitable bid materialize. His departure would alleviate United of the club’s highest earner, drawing a weekly wage of approximately £300,000. Furthermore, his exit could potentially facilitate financial maneuverability by creating space on the wage bill, coinciding with potential departures of other players such as Jadon Sancho, Donny van de Beek, Raphael Varane, and Anthony Martial.
However, the decision-making process regarding Casemiro’s departure remains uncertain, particularly with Sir Jim Ratcliffe’s INEOS-led 25% investment yet to be finalized. Ratcliffe intends to overhaul the club’s administrative infrastructure, potentially impacting pivotal decisions concerning significant player movements.
The club’s transfer strategies have faced scrutiny, and uncertainties loom over manager Erik ten Hag’s future amid mounting pressure. Recent reports linking Graham Potter to the managerial role add complexity to the situation.
Given the magnitude of such a decision, the likelihood of Casemiro’s departure remains contingent upon the establishment of Ratcliffe’s new regime, potentially affording Ten Hag an opportunity to reverse the current course before any conclusive actions are taken.