Casemiro’s departure from Real Madrid marks the end of an era for the club. Widely regarded as the best defensive midfielder in the world, the Brazilian was one of the most vital components of Los Blancos’ setup for close to a decade.
Manchester United officially announced their acquisition of the 30-year-old on Friday. The English side agreed to pay €86 million including add-ons for the player.
According to reports from AS, Real Madrid president Florentino Perez and CEO Jose Angel Sanchez have decided to reinvest the money from Casemiro’s sale into the Bernabeu renovations.
Instead of looking for an immediate replacement in midfield, the club prefer to wait until January strategically before bringing someone in.
Aurelien Tchouameni was signed this summer to be Casemiro’s long-term replacement and will likely begin his gargantuan mission as early as Saturday.
With Federico Valverde, Eduardo Camavinga, Toni Kroos and Luka Modric in the running, manager Carlo Ancelotti has no shortage of options for the upcoming season.
All eyes will now be on the newly signed Frenchman to see if he can live up to the astronomical expectations. Needless to say, the Brazilian’s departure could be a blessing in disguise for Los Blancos.
The Santiago Bernabeu renovation began in 2019 and was expected to be ready by this year. However, a combination of the pandemic and war delayed the process.
The new stadium will be ready in time for the 2023-24 season. While there will be no actual increase in capacity from the existing 81,044, the renovation will ensure better spacing and access to the existing seating.
Real Madrid forward set for talks with Arsenal this week – report
With less than six months left on his contract, Marco Asensio looks to be on his way out of Real Madrid very soon. The Spaniard has not yet started talks to extend his contract with the Spanish giants, which has garnered the eyes from several top clubs across Europe.
One of the clubs interested in his signature happens to be Premier League leaders Arsenal. Mikel Arteta is said to be a fan of the player, and will try to be bring him to North London on a free transfer this summer.
According to Mirror, Asensio’s agents will fly to London this week to get an a better understanding Arsenal’s interest in the player. Talks are scheduled with Arsenal, among possibly other clubs.
Asensio’s priority remains to extend with Arsenal, but not at ‘any cost’. The winger is looking for raise with his new contract to go along with a four-year deal. The report states that he currently earns around €130,000 per week at Madrid.
The 27-year-old has been waiting for an official offer from Los Blancos for a while, but the club will wait for March or April before taking a decision on his extension.
Asensio took a while to grow important for Carlo Ancelotti this season, but has been featuring regularly on the right-wing lately. He even scored in 2-0 win against Valencia in midweek, taking his tally to two for the season, excluding three assists as well.
Arsenal are definitely looking to add more firepower to their squad for next season, having already brought in Leandro Trossard in the winter. Asensio could serve as the perfect backup to Bukayo Saka, who has been in incredible form all season.