Casemiro Could Be The Signing Of The Summer
Casemiro is an absolutely incredible player. The Brazilian is one of the 2 or 3 best defensive midfielders in the world and has been a key to Real Madrid’s extended success. However, his time at the Bernabeu appears to be coming to an end. Manchester United is reportedly closing in on the midfielder for a deal in the range of 70 million euros. He would become the third ex-Real player in the last two summers to head to Old Trafford. Having close friends in Raphael Varane, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Fred would certainly help him acclimate to life in Manchester.
At face value, this deal proposes many questions. Why would Casemiro want to leave Real months after winning his fifth Champions League? Even more, why go to a United side who are last in the Premier League and fighting in the Europa League? It seems that money talks here. United appears to be increasing his salary by almost double what he made in Madrid. Regardless, adding Casemiro to this United team, regardless of price, seems to be an absolutely excellent deal.
A Long-Standing Need Put To Bed
For close to a decade, the midfield has been a problem area for United. 6 years of Paul Pogba could not fix it. Bruno Fernandes seems to be on the decline after an exceptional start in the Premier League. For years, fans have had to suffer with the McFred midfield pivot week-in week-out. However, swapping Scott McTominay for Casemiro is one of the biggest upgrades in the world. My ideal signing way back when was Declan Rice. However, Casemiro is a step or two above the Englishmen despite a large age gap.
Not only does he excel at dueling for the ball and succeeding in terms of volume and efficiency, but he is also a more than capable ball player. Along with a wide passing range, he consistently passes at a mid-to-high 80 percent completion rate. He is the midfielder that United has craved for so many years. He can sit ahead of the back line and allow Erik ten Hag’s attacking players to thrive up the field. While the Red Devils are certainly a project, players like Casemiro allow them to start thinking about a path to contention.
A New Chapter For Los Blancos
Casemiro should rightfully be seen as a legend in Madrid. Alongside Toni Kroos and Luka Modric, the Real midfield was at times unplayable. Their batch of UCL titles should speak to their continued excellence. However, all good things must come to an end. Casemiro is 30, and still has a number of years playing at the top level. However, Kroos and Modric possibly have only a year or two left of playing at a truly elite level. Of course, losing Casemiro is a tough pill to swallow. He is a great player who added a lot to both the pitch and the locker room.
However, to say the Madridistas are well-prepared would be an understatement. Their next generation of midfield dominance is seemingly set. The trio of Federico Valverde, Eduardo Camavinga, and Aurelien Tchouameni are all ready to take the ropes from their incredible mentors. At defensive midfield, it appears that Tchouameni is the most likely to step in for Casemiro. They will also get a handsome fee for a player who is worth every penny. After missing out on Kylian Mbappé, it’s possible that Florentino Perez reinvests that money into some attacking support for Karim Benzema and Vinicius Jr.