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“The answer is no…” – Club president denies rumours of signing Man United star



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São Paulo president Julio Casares has addressed rumours over the Brazilian club signing one Manchester United player in the summer window.

United are planning to be busy during the first transfer window following Sir Jim Ratcliffe and INEOS coming into the club.

In particular, the Reds will be targeting a number of sales – with 11 potential names outlined – including 31-year-old midfielder Casemiro.

The Brazilian has been linked to a move to Saudi Arabia, where former teammate Cristiano Ronaldo is. Another potential destination has been rumoured to be a return to his home country.

Casemiro joined Real Madrid in 2013 from São Paulo, where he rose through the youth academy.

However, São Paulo president Julio Casares has been asked about the possibility of a move for Casemiro and stated that there was “nothing” in the rumours due to the financial side of a potential deal.

“In Casemiro’s case, there is nothing,” he told Metropoles. “He’s a great player who was trained here, an extraordinary guy, a leader, a good player, but there’s nothing.

“It’s clear that Casemiro is a great player, but there’s absolutely nothing there. São Paulo also has a rigour of the size of the investments we make.

“Of course, we will always look at possibilities in situations, but within a financial responsibility and budget. For now, the answer is no. There are no talks.”

Casemiro has played 69 games for United, scoring 11 goals and registering nine assists.