A week ago, the thought of Casemiro leaving Real Madrid would have been unfathomable. When Manchester United approached the player this week too, it was widely anticipated that the player would outright reject the possibility.
Yet, with every passing day, his departure is edging closer to reality. The Brazilian has been a flag-bearer in the club’s midfield for close to a decade and it will be difficult to replace him.
According to reports from AS, Los Blancos are already in the transfer market looking for possible replacements. At the moment, Bruno Guimaraes is the club’s first choice to strengthen the midfield.
The 24-year-old Brazilian has kept up his good form after signing for Newcastle United in January. In 19 appearances for the club, he has found the back of the net five times and has become an undisputed starter for the Magpies.
In his 17 league starts last season, Guimaraes averaged over ten defensive actions per game in addition to his six-goal contributions. Needless to say, he was a vital part of Newcastle’s resurgence in the latter part of the last season.
Manchester United are currently well placed to land Casemiro this summer and are ready to offer around €60 million for his services. They have also proposed a contract that would double the wages he earns on his current contract at Real Madrid.
Needless to say, Los Blancos‘ pursuit of Guimaraes depends heavily on Casemiro’s decision. A clearer picture of the situation should emerge in the coming days as Real Madrid and Manchester United progress talks on the veteran’s transfer.
Real Madrid, Barcelona interested in €30 million-rated Serie A midfielder – report
Replacing Luka Modric is a task Real Madrid’s administration better not attempt. After all, finding a like-for-like replacement for a world-class player who defined an era is close to impossible.
The Croat himself, however, has always held high regard for his compatriot Marcelo Brozovic. The Inter Milan player possesses a profile that highly interests Los Blancos and Carlo Ancelotti.
Brozovic has been on the transfer lists of several European clubs in the current transfer window. Of them, Barcelona have been mentioned as a strong candidate.
Though Nerazzurri were initially reluctant to let the midfielder go, Italian publication Gazzetta dello Sport report that Inter Milan are now prepared to take that step at the end of the season.
The Italian management understands that the manager has modes to cope without Brozovic and that the time is right to move on with economic compensation.
One of the biggest names in the race to sign him, according to the source, is Real Madrid. Given that he has a contract until 2026 in Italy, the European Champions will have to shell out at least €30 million for his services, a figure that Inter feel he should be valued at.
The Merengues are not alone in the race for Brozovic. Barcelona are back in the equation as they see him as an ideal replacement for their captain Sergio Busquets.
The third European giants interested in the 30-year-old Croatian international are Chelsea. Juventus also wanted to try their luck too but were forced to back out after their recent sanctions.
It remains to be seen if Real Madrid can afford the €30 million tag in the summer given their interest in Jude Bellingham. Close to €150 million of their budget will be frozen on the Englishman, and spending more on another midfielder may not be warranted.