Ben Foster believes Casemiro is leaving Real Madrid for financial reasons, saying Manchester United ‘are not what they used to be’.
The 30-year-old midfielder is set to head to Old Trafford after the Red Devils agreed a £59.5m deal with Real Madrid.
According to Fabrizio Romano, the player will sign a four-year deal to join the Premier League giants.
As United endure a torrid start to the season, Casemiro will join a side bereft of confidence and in desperate need of a morale boost, which the Brazilian hopes will provide.
With Madrid fresh off winning the Champions League, questions could be asked about Casemiro’s motivation to go to Old Trafford, with former United stopper Foster saying that the huge £350,000-a-week salary he reportedly earned will be an important factor.
Speaking on talkSPORT Drive, Foster said: “I read a thing in the paper and United’s payroll, my goodness, take a look at this bad boy.
“I would take a fraction of what some of these guys do!
“It’s crazy money and even Casemiro, Casemiro doesn’t want to leave Real Madrid. He doesn’t. Why would you want to leave Real Madrid?
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“I know it’s Manchester United, I know that, but Manchester United isn’t what it used to be.
“They could statistically be the biggest club in the world and by name, but they’re not what they used to be.
“Why would you want to leave Real Madrid?
“The only reason you would want to leave is because someone said ‘here’s £300,000 a week, you’re 30, here’s a four or five year contract’.”
He added: “It screams a bit like a mercenary, but Casemiro is not a mercenary, he’s a center midfielder who will work his socks off.”
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