Manchester United stand to lose their Brazilian midfield maestro Carlos Henrique Casemiro this January as the former Real Madrid star appears to be eyeing a potential departure from the club in the upcoming transfer window.
Reports suggest that the Brazilian, who made a significant impact during his debut season, is considering his options due to concerns about United’s lackluster form and competitiveness in the current campaign.
Despite a strong start following his arrival from Real Madrid for a hefty €60 million fee, the 31-year-old midfielder’s performance has noticeably declined this season.
The Guardian previously highlighted concerns raised by incoming minority owner Sir Jim Ratcliffe regarding the club’s transfer policy, citing Casemiro’s acquisition as an example of questionable recruitment decisions.
United’s intentions to bolster their squad in January, specifically targeting four positions, including a defensive midfielder, have added fuel to speculations surrounding Casemiro’s potential exit. His wavering form, along with Sofyan Amrabat’s inconsistent performances, has prompted the club to contemplate reinforcements in midfield.
The emergence of 18-year-old academy prospect Kobbie Mainoo has further fueled discussions about Casemiro’s future at Old Trafford.
Mainoo delivered an impressive full debut against Everton, showcasing strength in tackles, a flawless challenge success rate, and an exceptional ability to regain possession, earning praise for his passing and comfort in tight spaces.
Amidst these developments, it’s alleged that Casemiro is contemplating a move, enticed by the prospect of playing in Saudi Arabia.
The allure stems from reuniting with former teammates from Real Madrid and the Brazilian national team, including Karim Benzema, Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar, Fabinho, and Roberto Firmino, who currently ply their trade in the Saudi leagues.
Casemiro’s potential departure, coupled with Mainoo’s promising emergence, could prompt Manchester United to reassess their midfield options.