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Man Utd eye audacious move for Joshua Kimmich as potential Casemiro replacement

Man Utd eye audacious move for Joshua Kimmich as potential Casemiro replacement

Manchester United are planning an audacious summer swoop for Bayern Munich defensive midfielder Joshua Kimmich, according to SPORT.

The Germany international has emerged as a priority target for the Red Devils amid plans to overhaul the squad at the end of the season.

Kimmich is seen as a potential successor to Casemiro, who has been heavily linked with a move away from Old Trafford when the summer transfer window opens.

United parted ways with £60 million to lure the former Real Madrid midfield lynchpin to the Theatre of Dreams in a move that raised several eyebrows.

Casemiro lived up to expectations in his debut campaign, helping Erik ten Hag’s side end United’s six-year wait for silverware. But his performances have taken a sharp decline this term.

His struggles could be attributed to injury problems, having spent three months on the sidelines with a knock. He recently picked up another hamstring issue, although he managed to avoid another long-term setback.

Despite his struggles, Casemiro has featured 21 times across all competitions, returning five goals and two assists. However, the 32-year-old is a shadow of his former self.

While he remains a strong presence in midfield, his win rate in ground battles has dipped to 49%, and he has been dribbled past at least twice per match.

The Brazilian is one of the big names on United’s chopping block, and the club hope to recoup some of the funds they paid for him in 2022.

United would also be more than happy to get his enormous salary off their wage bill, and the Saudi Pro League has been touted as a potential landing spot for the Brazilian.

If United part ways with Casemiro, they could launch an ambitious move for Kimmich, who will enter the final 12 months of his Bayern contract at the start of next season.

United could exploit Kimmich’s contract situation to make a move, but they’ll need to spend at least €50m to secure his signature. 

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