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    First since Ronaldo // Real Madrid agree to sell Casemir Manchester United for €60m

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    Premier League club Manchester United have reached an agreement on the transfer of Brazilian midfielder Casemiro from Real Madrid. The player, who has yet to undergo a medical before signing with his new team, will cost Manchester United €60m in guaranteed payments, plus another €10m if he meets a number of milestones. This would make Casemiru the second most valuable player aged 30 or over. At one time, only Cristiano Ronaldo himself was paid more.

    Manchester United have reached an agreement on the transfer of Real Madrid holding midfielder Casemir, who will turn 31 in February. This was confirmed by the head coach of Madrid Carlo Ancelotti. According to the specialist, on Friday he had a conversation with the Brazilian, during which the latter made it clear that he needed new challenges and new opportunities. “I understand this desire, as well as the club management,” said Mr. Ancelotti.

    €60 million in guaranteed payouts and up to €10 million in bonuses when the player reaches a number of contractual milestones. That is, in total, Real Madrid can receive up to €70 million for its player. As for the Brazilian’s personal contract, it will be concluded for four years with the possibility of prolongation for another one. At the same time, the salary of a player in Manchester will be twice as high as in Madrid. He will receive £350,000 a week (£18.2m a year). That is, he will become the third highest paid player on the team. Manchester United only pay more for Cristiano Ronaldo (£25m a year) and David de Gea (£19.5m a year).

    Casemir’s move will enter the top 5 of the current transfer window. This season, the largest purchase was made by Real Madrid, who completed the transfer of Aurelien Chuameni from Monaco for €80 million. Darwin Nunez (transferred from Benfica) cost Liverpool €5 million less. €67 million cost Bayern the purchase of Matthijs de Ligt from Juventus. Finally, Chelsea gave Brighton €65 million for Marc Cucurella. And Manchester City bought Erling Haaland from BoRussia Dortmund for €60 million.

    However, they are all noticeably younger than Casemir, who has already exchanged the fourth decade. And if we take into account the transfers of players aged 30 or older, it turns out that in this category the Brazilian can become the second most valuable in history. In 2020, the same €60m (we remind you that bonus payments for Casemira are another €10m on top of his base price) were paid by Barcelona to Juventus for Miralem Pjanic. Well, the record belongs to the same Cristiano Ronaldo. His move to Juventus from Real Madrid in 2018 (the Portuguese was 33 at the time) cost €117 million. Cristiano Ronaldo has only three 30+ players. But the current situation is forcing the Manchester team to rely not so much on promising as on proven personnel. The team had an unsuccessful start in the English Championship, having suffered two defeats in a row, and Manchester United head coach Erik ten Hag became the first Manchester United manager since 1921 to lose the first two official matches after being appointed to the position (the team is in last place and may well be on it to gain a foothold, given that he meets Liverpool on Monday). Fans of the team, including its former stars such as Gary Neville, took the incident extremely painful. In Manchester, they are increasingly demanding that the Glaser family sell the team, believing that it was the policy of the club’s owners, who seized the funds they generated for their own benefit, that led to the current situation. In such a situation, Manchester United needs quick results to show that the disastrous start to the season is nothing more than an accident.

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