Chelsea are long-term admirers of Real Madrid midfielder Casemiro, 90min understands, and the Blues can be eager about signing the Brazilian this summer time.
The 30-year-old has been a central a part of Real’s profitable midfield since coming back from his mortgage spell with Porto in 2015, and his standing as one among the recreation’s finest defensive midfielders has just lately attracted the curiosity of Manchester United.
But 90min understands Chelsea have been eyeing Casemiro for for much longer than United and Blues proprietor Todd Boehly is contemplating a late summer time bid for the Brazil worldwide.
A pure defensive midfielder, he has been a part of Chelsea’s switch wish-list for a number of years and scouts have been working arduous on Casemiro, who first signed a brand new contract with Real in August.
Los Blancos are reluctant to promote Casemiro – supervisor Carlo Ancelotti is eager to maintain his well-known midfield trio collectively – nevertheless it is known Real may very well be tempted to do enterprise if a suggestion in extra of €60m (£51m) got here alongside.
Such a payment would make Casemiro the second costliest over-30 participant ever, behind solely Cristiano Ronaldo’s €112m transfer to Juventus in 2018.
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Real have lengthy ready for a future with out Casemiro and fellow growing older midfield stars Luka Modric and Toni Kroos. Eduardo Camavinga was signed for €40m in 2021 and Frenchman Aurelien Tchouameni joined this 12 months for an additional €100m.
Federico Valverde can be rising as a famous person however has just lately carved a distinct segment for himself on the best aspect of Ancelotti’s assault.