Paul Merson detailed what he believes Casemiro will have been thinking when Man Utd came calling, and it makes grim reading for Red Devils fans.
Once Manchester United’s drawn-out pursuit of Frenkie de Jong began to cool, Real Madrid’s Casemiro shifted into focus. Unlike so many of United’s transfer sagas this summer, progress on the Brazilian’s front was mercifully quick.
Indeed, the 30-year-old midfield destroyer has agreed personal terms that will put him among the club’s top earners.
His four-year deal with an option for a fifth is heavily incentivised with his full salary only achievable pending United’s Champions League involvement in the coming seasons.
However, the Athletic’s Laurie Whitwell did claim he could ultimately pocket something in the region of David de Gea’s £375,000-a-week salary.
A £60m bid has been accepted with a further £10m pencilled in as add-ons. Fabrizio Romano reported Casemiro’s medical is booked and he could be in the stands for the must-see clash between Manchester United and Liverpool on Monday night.
News of Man Utd’s imminent capture has predictably been the talk of the town. Indeed, in the immediate aftermath of United’s interest breaking, South American football expert, Tim Vickery, detailed exactly what United are signing.
Vickery has reservations on two fronts, and Sky Sports pundit, Paul Merson, also has concerns.
Indeed, speaking on Sky’s Soccer Saturday program, Merson questioned the motives behind Casemiro’s move.
Put simply, Merson claimed the midfielder wouldn’t be moving if he wasn’t being offered such a lengthy contract and such lucrative personal terms.
‘I’ll ask for a silly amount of money’
“He’s a winner, so you start with a winner… but he’s 30 years of age,” said Merson.
“I feel with this transfer it was like ‘Man Utd are coming for me, I’ll ask for a silly amount of money and if they say yes, I’ll come, if they don’t, it’s no loss for me’.
“I just don’t get it, he’s just won the Champions League… now he’s not going to be playing in the Champions League.
“He probably wouldn’t have got a four-year contract at Real Madrid. There’s so much work to be done [at Man Utd], so so so so much work.”
Casemiro to prompt McTominay decision?
Casemiro will obviously be a guaranteed starter once signed. Vickery claimed that could free up Fred to play in more of a box-to-box role as he does when playing alongside Casemiro for Brazil.
Christian Eriksen would likely take the third spot in midfield if Erik ten Hag operates with a three. If it’s a two, Scott McTominay’s chances of regular game-time are even scarcer.
As such, 90min report widespread interest is emerging in the Scotland international.
A host of Premier League sides including West Ham, Newcastle, Southampton, Everton and Leicester are monitoring the situation. In fact, it’s claimed United have been ‘inundated’ with interest.
However, a McTominay exit even if Casemiro signs makes little sense in our eyes.
United have a Europa League campaign to juggle and Ten Hag cannot be left short of options in such a crucial position.