Manchester United star Casemiro is reportedly open to a move to the Saudi Pro League next year
Manchester United defensive midfielder Casemiro is ready to quit the club and move to the Saudi Pro League next year. An ankle injury has currently sidelined the 31-year-old until the Christmas period.
Many football pundits have criticized the performances of the Brazil captain throughout the season as United struggled as a whole. The Red Devils have lost nine games out of 20 matches in all competitions so far this season.
United are facing early elimination from the Champions League as everything relies on their last group fixture against Bayern Munich. Furthermore, the Manchester giants are four points behind the top four in the Premier League.
United signed Casemiro for £70m from Real Madrid in the summer of 2022 as a marquee signing under Ten Hag. The Brazilian started his career spectacularly and helped the club end their six-year trophy drought by winning the Carabao Cup.
However, the 31-year-old regressed during the latter half of the last season and his poor form continued this season. However, he has been prolific in front of goals this season with four goals and an assist in all competitions.
Casemiro has struggled on the defensive aspect of the game which is his most important responsibility in the team. The 31-year-old has struggled with the pace in the Premier League as opponents targeted the spaces between midfield and defence.
The Red Devils signed Mason Mount and Sofyan Amrabat to work around the weaknesses that Casemiro had shown. However, both the new signings have failed to make any impact so far this season
Football Insider (h/t Manchester Evening News) reported that Casemiro is planning to leave the Red Devils in the summer. The 31-year-old considers Saudi Arabia a favourable destination as the financially rich clubs can afford his high wages. Not many clubs can afford the Brazilian’s current salary which is above £300,000 a week.
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There is no denying that Casemiro’s ability to play at the top European league is diminishing. Whereas, United need a defensive midfielder capable of shoring up the channel and spaces between the midfield and the defence. A move to Saudi Arabia can benefit Casemiro financially, helping him play at the league parallel to his current pace.