Brazil international Casemiro is reportedly considering an early exit from Manchester United, just over a year since joining the club. Speculation has been rife in the English media, suggesting that Casemiro has an irresistible offer on the table, prompting him to consider packing his bags as early as January.
His move to Manchester United surprised many in the summer of last year when he moved from Real Madrid for a substantial fee of €70 million ($84 million) after a seven-year stint with the Spanish giants.
Not playing in the Champions League is a key factor
However, it appears that the Brazilian midfielder may have changed his mind about his decision.
Manchester United's poor results, particularly their early exit from the Champions League group stage this season, appear to have played a key role in Casemiro's decision to leave Old Trafford. Recent reports suggest that the last straw for Casemiro was the Champions League disappointment, prompting him to seriously consider a January exit.
In a manner reminiscent of Cristiano Ronaldo's mid-season move, Casemiro is now exploring his options.
Interest from several clubs
Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) allegedly followed the situation, but a new player entered the scene - a club from Saudi Arabia.
The Saudi club have presented the 31-year-old midfielder with a lucrative contract, one that reportedly carries a figure too tempting to turn down. Although the specific Saudi club remains undisclosed, sources suggest that Casemiro is keen on the move due to the financial terms on offer.
The Brazilian is said to have expressed his desire to leave Manchester United in January and has asked the club's chiefs not to obstruct the transfer, provided they are satisfied with the proposed compensation. The Saudi club is reportedly willing to pay around 50 million euros ($60 million) for Casemiro, a sum Manchester United could find acceptable.
The Brazilian has a contract with the Red Devils until the summer of 2026. In the current part of the season, he played 12 matches in all competitions, scoring four goals and registering one assist.