Manchester United are increasingly hoping for a £60m deal to sign Real Madrid midfielder Casemiro.
The Brazil star, 30, is a five-time Champions League winner and United’s attempt to land him was initially seen as a long shot.
However, it is now understood that Casemiro is seriously considering a move to Old Trafford.
According to a Spanish football insider Guillem Balaguethe midfielder has told his Madrid team-mates that United have offered to double his £8.4m-a-year salary and he is yet to make a decision.
Although he was one of the most consistent players in Europe for nine years at the Bernabeu, there is a feeling that Casemiro is nearing the end of his Madrid career, with younger players such as Eduardo Camavinga and Aurélien Tchouameni ready to intervene.
Casemiro’s contract expires in 2025 and there are suggestions this could be his last chance for another big deal in a major European league.
It is believed that a deal will be difficult to complete, with less than two weeks remaining in the transfer window, but both clubs and the player are open to exploring his possibility.
United are desperate for a solid finish at the window after a disappointing summer of business and a disastrous start to the season.
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The Red Devils lost 2-1 to Brighton on matchday one and then suffered an embarrassing 4-0 defeat at Brentford on Saturday.
They have been linked with several players following the Brentford defeat and many believe their transfer policy lacks a clear strategy.
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