Graeme Souness delivers damning verdict of new Man Utd signing Casemiro


Graeme Souness insists Casemiro has ‘never been a great player’ and that Manchester United have overpaid for the Brazil star.

United confirmed a deal on Friday with Casemiro set to sign a four-year deal at Old Trafford in the club’s most significant piece of transfer business this summer.


Casemiro leaves Real Madrid with an extraordinary haul of accolades, having won 18 titles in total with five Champions Leagues, three La Liga titles, three Club World Cups, three European Super Cups, one Copa del Rey and three Spanish Super Cups.


The Brazil international won the majority of t


hose accolades playing as part of a fearsome midfield alongside Toni Kroos and Luka Modric.


But former Liverpool midfielder Souness insists Casemiro’s role in that unit was nothing more than a ‘steady Eddie’ who will do little to help United control games.


‘He was playing with great players. He’s not a great player. He has never been a great player,’ Souness told talkSPORT.

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‘I see him as a steady Eddie who will make United be more solid in midfield. I don’t think he has got a great range of passing. I don’t think he is going help other people play. The Real Madrid team, the midfield especially, was full of footballing players.’


United will pay £60m plus £10m in add-ons for the midfielder who will turn 31 in February with Souness not convinced over the deal.


‘He is 30 years old and its £70m. Too much money. It is Manchester United all over again. Manchester United will pay a premium because it is Manchester United and the Premier League and people know its awash with money. But I don’t see him making them any better when they have the ball.’


Casemiro made a tearful farewell to Real Madrid at a goodbye ceremony in the Spanish capital on Monday afternoon.

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A move to Old Trafford however will see him reunited with former Los Blancos teammates Raphael Varane and Cristiano Ronaldo.


Ronaldo has been pushing to leave United this summer to join a club competing in the Champions League but Casemiro hopes the Portuguese remains where he is.


‘ I haven’t talked to Cristiano, I hope he stays because he’s one of the best players in all the time. He’s incredible.


‘I want to bring my values ​​to Manchester United, everything that Real Madrid taught me, to win from day to day, from every training session. I want to experience the Premier from within. I enjoy everything I have.’


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