Reports have emerged that Manchester United midfielder Casemiro is in talks to join Cristiano Ronaldo at Al-Nassr during the January transfer window. TheNassrZone reported that discussions have already begun between the player and the Saudi Pro League (SPL) side.
Ronaldo officially joined Al-Nassr in January 2023, following a disagreement with Red Devils manager Erik ten Hag. Now, it seems that Casemiro could be following in his former Real Madrid teammate’s footsteps.
Casemiro joined Manchester United from Real Madrid in the summer of 2022 for a fee of £60 million. Since then, the Brazilian has made 63 appearances across competitions, scoring 11 goals and providing seven assists.
However, the midfielder has only managed eight Premier League appearances this season and is currently sidelined due to an injury. His return to action is not expected until December.
If the transfer goes ahead, Casemiro would be joining a team that has been on the rise in recent years. Al-Nassr won the SPL title in the 2021-2022 season and reached the quarterfinals of the AFC Champions League in the same year.
The move would also reunite Casemiro with Ronaldo, whom he played alongside at Real Madrid. The two players were part of the Madrid team that won three consecutive Champions League titles between 2016 and 2018.
Casemiro’s potential departure from Manchester United would be a blow to the team, which has struggled to find consistency this season. The Red Devils currently sit in sixth place in the Premier League table, with just five wins from their first 11 matches.
However, the move could be beneficial for Casemiro, who has struggled to establish himself as a regular starter at Old Trafford. With Al-Nassr, he would have the opportunity to play a more prominent role and compete for trophies on a regular basis.
The transfer would also be a significant boost for Al-Nassr, who have been looking to strengthen their midfield. The team has already signed Argentine midfielder Giovani Lo Celso from Tottenham Hotspur this season, and Casemiro would be another high-profile addition.
As the January transfer window approaches, it remains to be seen whether the deal will go ahead. However, if Casemiro does join Ronaldo at Al-Nassr, it would be a significant move for both players and could have a major impact on the SPL and the wider football world.