Ben Jacobs clarifies the situation regarding Manchester United star Casmeiro amidst Saudi interest
Speaking to Givemesport, renowned journalist Ben Jacob clarifies that Casemiro is not going to leave Manchester United in the winter transfer window amidst interest from Saudi Pro League clubs. But there might be a chance he leaves next summer due to the links from the Middle East.
The reputable reporter is aware that Casemiro has been added to a list of possible targets. But he has refused to rule out the prospect of the South American someday playing in the Saudi Pro League with players like Cristiano Ronaldo.
“Casemiro has been a name – like many others such as Kevin De Bruyne, Mohamed Salah and Son Heung-min – on a list of possible targets for 2024. But the indication at this point is that he wouldn’t like to jump ship from Manchester United mid-season. The Saudi clubs, I think, will be looking for that type of profile in the summer rather than January.”
Erik ten Hag flaunted his transfer kitty last year, spending £70 million to lure Casemiro away from La Liga superpower Real Madrid, soon after taking over as manager of the Red Devils. The 63-game Manchester United veteran’s contract is still in effect, but it’s not certain how long he’ll be a member of the squad.
Manchester United sits sixth in the 2023–24 Premier League standings with 21 points from 12 games, having lost five times in their first 12 Premier League games of the season. They have won four of their past five league games, displaying a resurgence of sorts.
Saudi Arabian clubs expressed interest in Casemiro as they seek to add further to their brand as a top footballing league. Ten Hag has disclosed that it is unlikely that Manchester United’s No. 18 will play again before Christmas after suffering a hamstring injury during last week’s Carabao Cup loss to Newcastle United, meaning he will miss a number of important games. Whether this absence will help United make up their mind remains to be seen.
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Although United aren’t actively trying to sell the Brazilian, it’s thought that they would be amenable to a deal if it included paying back the money they paid and moving on with his enormous salary. It remains to be seen how things stand after he’s back from his unfortunate injury.