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Man Utd ‘eye Premier League midfielder’ as Casemiro replacement

Manchester United are ready to pursue a move for Wolverhampton Wanderers midfielder Joao Gomes if they offload Casemiro this summer, a report has claimed.

The veteran Brazilian has endured a tricky time at Old Trafford since he joined in a £70m deal from Real Madrid in 2022 and, with two years left on his expensive contract, is expected to be made available for transfer this summer.

Casemiro has interest from the Saudi Pro League and 90min understands he could be sold for the right price as United seek to build up a transfer budget worth around £170m.

According to Sport, United will move for a new midfielder if Casemiro departs and the Red Devils have set their sights on fellow Brazilian Gomes.

Gomes, 23, joined Wolves from Flamengo in January 2023 and has quickly established himself as a key player for Gary O’Neil’s side. His impressive performances earned him a first cap for Brazil against England at the weekend.

Joao Gomes

Gomes has been linked with United / James Gill – Danehouse/GettyImages

United are said to be readying a bid of around £35m for Gomes, whose Wolves contract runs until 2028 and also includes an option for an extra 12 months.

The emergence of Kobbie Mainoo at the base of United’s midfield has helped open the door to a departure for Casemiro, who has struggled for both fitness and form this season.

“It’s not easy, there’s a lot of pressure,” Casemiro said of Mainoo recently. “But I think United will have a top player for the next years, easily. He’s a top player. He’s exceptional. He’s a humble, hard-working player. He knows how to listen. He’s a great player.

“Since I play alongside him, I know Manchester United will have one of the best midfielders in the Premier League for the next years, easily.

“I think we have to recognise his value. He’s a great kid. I’m very happy that he’s on our side. As long as he keeps his head on straight, just as he’s doing now, I think we’ll have a great player for many, many years here at United.”

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