In one of the more surprising transfers of the summer window, Casemiro is set to become a Manchester United player, leaving long-time club and current Champions League holders, Real Madrid.
The Brazilian is set to earn around £375,000-a-week at United and has the option of an extra year on his contract, which would keep him at Old Trafford until 2026.
All told, this would see Manchester United, including the £70m transfer fee, pay around £140m in total to the former Real Madrid man.
However, should Manchester United not secure Champions League football, there will be an annual wage cut for the midfielder.
So, aside from some extra money for the first season at least, why has Casemiro decided to join Manchester United, a side who have no Champions League football and are without a trophy since 2017?
Well, according to The Athletic: “He was very settled in Madrid and competing for the biggest honours regularly. United are adamant Casemiro is not doubling his salary by joining, but clearly there is a financial element to his choice. A new challenge is another valid aspect and on that front Varane helped in persuading Casemiro to move, speaking to his former and now current team-mate almost daily.”
With Casemiro now at the club, United have three of the Real Madrid eleven that dominated Europe under Zinedine Zidane. However, Ronaldo and Casemiro are getting on in years and Varane has looked far from his best since he moved to England last year.