Contrasting reports have come to light regarding the future of Casemiro in the last 24 hours. While some outlets say that his departure from the club is imminent, others state that he has outright rejected Manchester United’s approach.
For a long time, it was considered a prestige to play for the Red Devils but that statement is debatable now. Nevertheless, United still have the financial muscle to pull off transfers they wish as long as the player wishes to sign for them.
According to reports from MARCA, Manchester United are going all out to sign Casemiro. Internal sources confirm that they are willing to shell out a €60 million fixed fee with add-ons for the midfielder.
Moreover, it is said that they will significantly raise his salary over what he currently earns. Rumours say that the wage value proposed sits north of €400,000 per week.
Given that the midfielder is in the final stretch of his career, it would not be surprising if he prioritised the monetary aspect. Yet, it would be a big decision to leave the Champions League winners for a team that did not even qualify for the competition.
Casemiro’s contract with Real Madrid sees him at the Bernabeu until the summer of 2025. No talks of an extension have been initiated given that three years remain on the deal. Moreover, Real Madrid often do not offer long extensions to veteran players.
Needless to say, an update on the defensive midfielder’s stance is expected in the coming hours. While he is considering the offer, one can be fairly sure that he will continue at Real Madrid.
Real Madrid’s 29-year-old star upset with his situation, desires more clarity on role
At Real Madrid, the quest for securing a spot in the first-team lineup involves battling it out with some of the best players in European football.
Competition is generally considered the perfect antidote to complacency and the Merengues‘ immensely talented roster encapsulates that sentiment best.
While injuries have done a number on the team, there is still an abundance of competition in the squad. As of now, the fight for a spot in the starting lineup is most intense among the goalkeepers.
Indeed, since the beginning of the campaign, there has been no fixed goalkeeper with both Andriy Lunin and Kepa Arrizabalaga featuring between the sticks alternately.
However, after being acquired on a season-long loan to fill in the absence of Thibaut Courtois, Kepa is not entirely content with his situation.
Kepa unsatisfied with the unclarity
Indeed, as per The Athletic, Kepa is extremely disappointed with his situation and how the coaching staff at Real Madrid have been handling the matter.
Ancelotti has not clearly explained his reasoning as to which of Lunin and Kepa is currently his first-choice keeper.
And according to sources close to him, Kepa is unhappy and would have preferred further clarification on the matter from the manager.
Lunin in the driving seat
Owing to Lunin’s exceptional form lately, he has successfully displaced Kepa as the first-choice goalkeeper.
In fact, Kepa has not started a game since Real Madrid’s clash against Almeria last month in which they leaked two goals.
It is safe to assume Kepa’s frustrations stem from the fact that he initially arrived as the primary keeper to replace Courtois and turned down an offer from Bayern Munich to join the Madrid outfit.
As such, being shunned and having minimal clarity from the coaching staff’s preferred goalkeeper has led to dissatisfaction.
As things stand, Real Madrid have no plans of signing him permanently, given that Chelsea would ask around €20 million for him, something that the club have intentions of paying.