Will the signing of Casemiro prove to be a stroke of genius for Manchester United – or yet another expensive mistake?
It’s said that Hollywood director Cecil B DeMille could find nobodies and turn them into stars. Manchester United have spent much of their time since the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson, some nine years and six full-time managers ago, buying stars and turning them into less than they were.
Whether or not the 30-year-old defensive midfielder, who has won five Champions League titles, ends up being a superstar or superflop, the only certain thing is that he will cost the club a lot of money.
By paying him £350,000 a week, United could almost double his Real Madrid wages, making him the club’s third-highest earner, after Cristiano Ronaldo and David de Gea.
But will it be money well spent?