Jose Mourinho appears to know exactly who he wants to sign next and is targeting his former club for one of their most important players.
Real Madrid’s Casemiro is on the Manchester United manager’s radar and perhaps after the team’s shambolic defending against Huddersfield, a defensive midfielder is exactly what’s needed.
The Brazilian has become a key figure for the Spanish side with Zinedine Zidane initially using him as a method of controlling games against tough opponents.
A three man midfield helped Madrid in their quest to win the Champions League and La Liga title with Casemiro central to most of his team’s good play.
His success for his club have transferred to the international stage with 18 caps to his name so far in a competitive South American team.
According to Manchester Evening News and The Sun, Jose is so fond of the holding midfielder that he’s willing to give Casemiro a £300k-a-week contract, proving that he clearly values the Brazilian.
While the wages may be a bit hefty, it’d be in line with some of Manchester United’s other star players and the senior first team.
Whether it’s enough to prize him away from a winning and successful team is yet to be seen but if reports are to be believed, Mourinho is confident.
The Red Devils will certainly need a defensive midfielder when Michael Carrick‘s contract ends in the summer, especially as the Englishman is expected to retire.
United’s midfield have also struggled of late with Carrick, Marouane Fellaini and Paul Pogba all picking up injuries and the addition of Casemiro could help with the numbers.