Ronaldo spearheads Saudi charge for €100m Man Utd star

Robin Bairner
Robin Bairner
  • 3 Jun 2024 05:40 CDT
  • 4 min read
Cristiano Ronaldo, Man Utd
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Cristiano Ronaldo has instructed Al-Nassr to make Casemiro a priority transfer target for the summer, with the Saudi Pro League club ready to splash an incredible €100 million on the Manchester United midfielder.

Casemiro endured a difficult second season at Old Trafford and is now tipped to depart Erik ten Hag’s side in the summer.

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The 32-year-old former Real Madrid player has been regularly linked with a move to the Saudi Pro League.

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According to a report from Marca, Ronaldo has been personally overseeing a bid from Al-Nassr to try to land his former teammates at the Bernabeu, Casemiro, who he also played with briefly at Man Utd, and Nacho Fernandez.

United, meanwhile, are certain to sell if reports from Caught Offside are accurate.

It is claimed that Al-Nassr are ready to offer €90-100 million to sign Casemiro in a deal that would the biggest in Saudi Pro League history.

The current mark stands at the €90m that Al-Hilal spent on Neymar last summer – a deal that has been ill-fated as the Brazilian superstar has spent much of the campaign laid up due to serious injury.

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Casemiro has had a frustrating second season at Man Utd
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A dream deal for Man Utd

Should Casemiro leave Man Utd for that type of sum, it would represent an incredible piece of business for the Red Devils.

They signed him for €71m from Real Madrid in 2022, which was in line with his transfer value at that point.

After an excellent first season at Old Trafford, though, Casemiro’s form has tailed away badly in his second campaign. His Estimated Transfer Value (ETV) has fallen in line, with the veteran midfielder now worth only €23.4m.

As such, any transfer in the region that is being proposed is four times more than Casemiro is worth, yet with the money that has been thrown around by the Saudi Pro League does not seem entirely improbable.

For a Man Utd side moving into a summer of revolution and in need of funds to complete their transfer objectives, this would be a dream deal.

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