Saudi Pro League aims to build on £767m spend and sign two Manchester United superstars in shock double swoop

Manchester United duo Casemiro and Bruno Fernandes part of Saudi Pro League’s summer transfer plans

According to a report from The Telegraph, Man United midfielders Casemiro and Bruno Fernandes are subject to Saudi Pro League interest when the transfer window opens next month.

After receiving a fresh financial and operational directive from the Public Investment Fund, the Saudi topflight went far and wide to poach some of Europe’s biggest names last summer. This year, too, the league is expected to flex its financial muscles to prise away even more names from the continent.

Casemiro has come under fire in recent weeks for his underwhelming performances, prompting many fans and pundits to believe that the veteran Brazilian is past his prime and needs to be moved on quickly.

Manchester United duo Casemiro and Bruno Fernandes part of Saudi Pro League's summer transfer plans.
Both Fernandes and Casemiro were crucial for Erik ten Hag’s side last season as United won the Carabao Cup and finished third in the league. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

The United captain, on the other hand, is reported to have been fed up in recent weeks and could push the Old Trafford management into letting him go this summer.

Apart from Fernandes and Casemiro, the Saudi Pro League is also expected to target Liverpool’s Alisson Becker and Mo Salah and Man City’s Ederson Moraes and Kevin De Bruyne.

Let no player be off the transfer list

Casemiro was always a desperate, expensive acquisition made by United last season. While the narrative that his game has completely fallen off a cliff is significantly overblown thanks to modern-day football’s hyperreactive tendencies, the existence of the Saudi interest and the £70 million United paid Real Madrid for the veteran Brazilian mean the club do need to look out for any and all opportunities to cut their losses on a player whose value is only going to depreciate going forward.

As far as Bruno Fernandes is concerned, on the other hand, things become a little trickier. The Portugal international has had, on an individual level, a decent season and has been one of United’s few shining lights, so losing him immediately feels like something United cannot afford to do. That said, Fernandes is 29, also an asset whose value will not increase for long.

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United, now under a new sporting ownership, need to have a hard reset and rebuild on as clean a slate as possible. To that end, they would want to have a stance of reluctance when it comes to Fernandes’ sale, though should an offer arrive in excess of £80 million, the club would be unwise to not at least consider the proposition.