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Report: Old Trafford’s Top Earner to Depart

Casemiro’s Departure: A New Chapter for Manchester United?

Manchester United’s High Earner Set for Exit

Manchester United’s Brazilian midfielder Casemiro is reportedly ready to part ways with the club in January, as per insights from 90Min. Casemiro, who joined United amidst much excitement in August 2022, seems to have decided that his future no longer aligns with Old Trafford’s path. This news comes despite his initial promising performances, which included crucial late goals and a significant role in organising United’s midfield.

Tumultuous Times at Old Trafford

Casemiro’s tenure at Manchester United has been a blend of highs and lows. His arrival was met with great enthusiasm, and he quickly became a key player for manager Erik ten Hag. Casemiro’s impact was evident as he scored the opening goal in United’s Carabao Cup final victory over Newcastle, ending a six-year trophy drought for the club. However, disciplinary issues, including a three-match ban for an altercation with Crystal Palace’s Will Hughes and a four-game suspension for a tackle on Carlos Alcaraz of Southampton, have marred his time at the club. Coupled with a significant dip in performance this season and his recent injury, which led to a 13-game absence, Casemiro’s situation at United has become increasingly complex.

Financial Implications and Transfer Speculations

As 90Min report “Allowing Casemiro to leave would rid United of their highest earner – he pockets around £300,000-per-week – and space on the wage bill may be also be freed up by exits for Jadon Sancho, Donny van de Beek, Raphael Varane and Anthony Martial.”

Casemiro reportedly has interest from the wealthy Saudi Pro League and Paris Saint-Germain, although the latter faces Financial Fair Play constraints, United might see a substantial bid for Casemiro in the upcoming transfer window.

Future Outlook for Manchester United

The decision to let Casemiro go could be influenced by the impending investment from Sir Jim Ratcliffe’s INEOS, which is set to bring a new football department and potentially reshape United’s transfer policy and management structure. This restructuring is much anticipated, given the recent scrutiny over United’s transfer decisions, including the substantial investment in Casemiro. With Erik ten Hag’s future also under the microscope and potential managerial changes on the horizon, the next few months will be crucial in shaping Manchester United’s future.

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