Manchester United finally found some joy in the transfer market recently, as they agreed a deal to sign Casemiro from Real Madrid. Now, many might question the thought process behind shelling out a transfer fee upto €70 million for a 30-year-old defensive midfielder, but considering the situation the Red Devils find themselves in now, it does make sense for them.
Manchester United have not won a single piece of silverware in five seasons now and cannot afford to continue on this path for much longer. Thus, they need to bring in proven winners and Casemiro is certainly one of them.
At Manchester United, he will reunite with Cristiano Ronaldo and Raphael Varane, with whom he has won four Champions League titles in the past. And Casemiro also solves a lot of the club’s problems in midfield at the same time.
Manchester United need to strengthen in other areas of the pitch as well and one player that they have been linked with heavily is Antony. But the Red Devils have faced a tough time in getting a deal over the line for him.
Manchester United need to make tough Antony transfer decision
As reported by The Athletic, Manchester United submitted an offer of €80 million (£67.6 million) for the Brazilian on Wednesday, but saw it rebuffed. Erik ten Hag is keen to be reunited with his former player. But Old Trafford chiefs are not optimistic after their latest approach was knocked back.
As a result, it might be time for Manchester United to make the same kind of decision that led them to signing Casemiro.
The Red Devils had chased the signature of Frenkie de Jong all summer, but as that saga dragged on and suggestions emerged that the player did not fancy a move to Old Trafford, they switched their focus and got a deal done for Casemiro.
Similarly, if this Antony saga shows no sign of ending, they must turn their eyes towards other targets. Cody Gakpo of PSV Eindhoven has been linked with the club recently.