Top teams have top defensive midfielders and Manchester United have been without one for a quite a long time.
This summer, they have been searching to reinforce the No 6. position and now, they have finally succeeded by agreeing a deal worth 70 million euros (£59.4million) to sign Casemiro.
In the past few years, Man City, Liverpool and Chelsea have won major trophies and the top trio have operated with quality deep-lying midfield players.
The Sky Blues had Fernandino, now they have Rodri and recently signed Phillips. The Anfield club have Fabinho and Henderson. On the other hand, the Blues have Jorginho and Kante.
However, at Old Trafford, Matic was the only natural DM and the Serbian rarely started in the last two seasons as he is already past his best. The veteran moved to Roma on a free transfer.
So, luring a midfielder has been Erik ten Hag’s priority this summer and the main target was none other than Frenkie de Jong. The Dutchman refused to join the Red Devils due to lack of Champions League football.
United then moved in to agree a fee with Juventus for Rabiot. They even offered him a lucrative deal but the player wanted to earn more and the deal eventually collapsed.
Now, against all odds, Man Utd have reached an agreement to sign one of the best DMs in the world in the form of Casemiro.
Having won the European Cup five times, the Brazilian international is mainly attracted by the lucrative contract of a lifetime offered by United.
The 30-year-old is a proven midfielder, who has won it all and has the quality and the experience to finally solve the midfield conundrum at Old Trafford.