Manchester United are close to signing Real Madrid midfielder Casemiro in a deal worth an initial €60million, rising to €70million if all clauses and conditions are met.
The Brazil international has agreed a four-year contract at Old Trafford in a deal negotiated by United’s football director, John Murtough.
Casemiro’s contract offer includes the option of a fifth year that can be triggered as an option.
The deal is not yet completed but it is understood to be proceeding at good speed. United are now confident of signing the player, with a medical set to be the next stage in the coming days.
The 30-year-old is already among the highest earners at Real Madrid and while United’s offer is not close to the double-your-money package that has been suggested in the Spanish media, Casemiro will be well among the club’s top earners, with the exception of Cristiano Ronaldo.
It is understood his salary will be on a similar level to that of David de Gea, who has been reported to earn in excess of £350,000.
The Athletic understands Casemiro will receive a modest uplift if United qualify for the Champions League and his deal will be heavily incentivised and performance-related. While he stands to earn slightly more with United than Real, his earnings will drop significantly if Erik ten Hag’s side continue to miss out on Champions League football.
Securing Casemiro’s services has been United’s key focus before the September 1 deadline, as reported by The Athletic earlier on Thursday.
United have been attracted by his character, as well as his elite pedigree as a defensive midfielder, while the player himself is thought to be keen on the challenge of the Premier League.
Casemiro has already won three La Liga titles, five UEFA Champions Leagues and three FIFA Club World Cups in a glittering career.