Manchester United announced the deal to sign Real Madrid midfielder Casemiro, subject to medical.
The move has already been welcomed by Raphael Varane, who is reunited with his former teammate.
On the other side is Luka Modric, who now says goodbye to his teammate, who he enjoyed unprecedented success alongside.
Modric, Casemiro and Toni Kroos have formed one of the best midfields in modern history, a perfectly balanced trio, which is now being broken up.
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Luka Modric reacts
Luka Modric has paid tribute to Casemiro now his departure has been confirmed. He acknowledges it is the end of an era.
He shared a picture of the famous trio with the Champions League, the fifth they won together, with a 1-0 win over Liverpool in May.
Real signed Aurelien Tchouameni earlier this summer as Casemiro’s long term replacement, paving the way for the Brazilian’s departure.
The Spanish side have paid tribute to Casemiro too, thanking him for his incredible contribution to their history, and they are planning an official goodbye presentation for him.
- CASEMIRO: fact file
- Real Madrid signed Casemiro from Sao Paulo for £5 million in 2013, after an initial loan to their B side.
- He has gone onto form one of football’s best midfield trios with Luka Modric and Toni Kroos.
- Casemiro has won a staggering five Champions League trophies and three La Liga titles.
- He is an international teammate of Fred for Brazil; the pair have 11 clean sheets from 15 starts together.
- Casemiro has more than 330 appearances for Real Madrid, scoring 31 goals.
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Real Madrid confirm Casemiro sale to Manchester United in emotional statement, and announce tribute plan