One theme focused all the questions at Carlo Ancelotti’s press conference on Friday noon: the possible transfer of Casemiro, announced close to Manchester United. The Real Madrid coach explained that he met his midfielder: “I spoke with him this morning. He wants to try a new challenge, a new opportunity. The club understands that, for everything he has done. There are negotiations, nothing is official but his desire to leave is clear. If there is an agreement, we have solutions to replace it. »
At 30, Casemiro has become a key player in Real Madrid’s midfield, along with Toni Kroos and Luka Modric. With the club from the Spanish capital, he won La Liga three times and the Champions League five times. Manchester United would be ready to pay 70 million euros for their transfer fee to Real, according The Athleticand to offer the Brazilian (under contract until 2025) an annual salary of 22 M€.
It will not necessarily be replaced
In the event of the departure of Casemiro, who played 48 of Real Madrid’s 56 matches last season (5th playing time in the squad), Ancelotti does not foresee any compulsory recruitment: ” We have workforce solutions. Tchouaméni is one of the best midfielders. There is the Toni Kroos option, like in my second year here. We have Camavinga who played last year. We cannot replace a player with Casemiro’s characteristics, but we have other players. (…) If he leaves, we will have six midfielders. I think six is enough for the whole season. »