Manchester United close to agreeing £59.2m deal for Real Madrid midfielder

Casemiro is greatly appreciated by Real boss Carlo Ancelotti but he is reportedly not viewed as indispensable given the wealth of options the Champions League holders have in the centre of the pitch. Luka Modric signed a contract extension to 2023 and Toni Kroos also provides pedigreed experience to mesh with younger talents, Eduardo Camavinga, Aurelien Tchouameni and Federico Valverde. The former Sao Paulo man has played over 300 times for Madrid and has been part of five Champions League successes. Casemiro is set to become United's fourth summer signing after the arrivals of Christian Eriksen, Tyrell Malacia and Lisandro Martinez. United also want to recruit a forward this summer but they have had a £67.6m bid for winger Antony rejected by Ajax, who want to keep the 22-year-old. United are deciding whether to make an improved bid, but PSV Eindhoven's Cody Gakpo is seen as a more realistic option. Any move for the Dutchman will likely happen after PSV's Champions League qualifier against Rangers on Wednesday. United's focus for now however, is on the Casemiro deal and potentially a move for another midfielder. With two weeks to go until the transfer window closes, Man Utd are looking at other midfield options with a move for Juventus' Adrien Rabiot now increasingly unlikely due to wage demands. Though, they have increased interest in Brighton's Moises Caicedo. United are deciding internally whether to formalise the interest given Brighton's strong "no intention of selling" stance.