Gary Lineker Questions ‘Strange’ Manchester United Transfer Decision

Former England striker Gary Lineker has questioned Manchester United’s move for Casemiro, calling it ‘strange’ and claiming they have paid ‘ridiculous money’ for the Real Madrid midfielder.

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Brazil international Casemiro completed a £70m move to Old Trafford last month after ending his nine-year spell at Real Madrid.

The 30-year-old made 336 appearances for Madrid and won five Champions Leagues and three La Liga titles during his time at the Bernabeu.

Lineker says Casemiro is a ‘proven winner’ and a ‘rock in midfield’ but has nevertheless questioned United’s big-money transfer.

‘It’s a strange one, spending £60m on a 30-year-old holding midfield player,’ Lineker told Mirror Football on behalf of Cure Leukaemia. ‘But he is a very, very good holding midfielder and he has been very successful.

‘I kind of get it in the sense of a quick fix because he’s better in the position that they’ve got by a mile, so I get that.

‘But have they paid ridiculous money? Yes. It’s an interesting one, he’s not going to go in there and create a million chances for everyone – that’s not his game alone.

‘He’s a proven winner, he’s a rock, so you know what you’re getting even though he hasn’t played in our league and he’s a little bit different. He’ll adjust, it’ll just take time.’

Casemiro, who made his United debut in the 1-0 victory over Southampton on Saturday, is desperate to flourish at Old Trafford and wants to help the club win major titles.

Following his departure from Real Madrid, Casemiro said: ‘I am excited to develop at a big club like Manchester United. This is a very important challenge for me – I feel like I am 18 years old again.

‘I want to show Manchester United fans that I’m serious about them, I will work extremely hard. What am I looking for? New challenges, a new club, another country, another culture.

‘I want to help Manchester United, I want to win new things… I want to win the Premier League with Manchester United.’

Casemiro looks set to be involved in United’s Premier League clash against Leicester City on Thursday night.

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