Manchester United are closing in on the signing of Real Madrid midfielder Casemiro for 60m euros (£50.7m) plus 10m euros (£8.5m) in add ons.
Talks have progressed quickly and United are optimistic the deal for the Brazil international, 30, will be completed in the next few days.
Casemiro has been with Real since 2013, winning three La Liga titles and five Champions Leagues.
United are bottom of the Premier League and host Liverpool on Monday.
Casemiro would become one of the United’s top earners if he completes the move and would sign a four-year contract with the option of an additional year.
After talks to sign Juventus’ Adrien Rabiot collapsed over the player’s demands, United have turned their attention to Casemiro as they look to address weaknesses in Erik ten Hag’s midfield.
Although Casemiro has a contract that runs to 2025, Real are mindful of the scale of United’s offer of a contract that could extend to 2027 once the option of an additional season is added on. They would not stand in his way if he decided to accept.
He would arrive at United on a big salary in keeping with his status as one of 30 players nominated for this year’s Ballon D’Or, even if his place at Real is under threat from new arrival Aurelien Tchouameni.
One of the best defensive midfield players in the world, Casemiro has been effective in a team that drops deep when it does not have possession, which Real tend to do with Luka Modric and Toni Kroos in their team.
Casemiro’s impact can be seen by looking at Opta statistics to compare his figures against those of other central midfielders in La Liga last season.