BREAKING NEWS: coming live from Fabrizio Romano, it’s no news that Casemiro will be leaving at the end of the season and Manchester United are said to be in advanced talks with a player who has been described as a ‘Pogba-Kante hybrid’, in a move which could see the Red Devils strengthen their midfield ahead of next season. The player is said to be an aggressive and dynamic midfielder, with the ability to break up play and create opportunities for his teammates. Casemiro, who has been a key player for United in recent seasons, is set to leaves after his terrible fall in performance and this player will be a perfect replacement. Man Utd ‘in Advanced Talks’ With ‘Pogba-Kante Hybrid’ – Midfield Enforcer Set to Arrive at Old Trafford”.


Manchester United is urgently seeking reinforcements for their midfield, especially with Casemiro, now 32 years old and past his prime, possibly being considered for transfer at the end of the season. Sofyan Amrabat, currently on loan from Fiorentina, will return to his parent club without an option for a permanent transfer. Additionally, Christian Eriksen attracted interest from Turkish clubs in January, with Galatasaray expected to revive their pursuit of him.

Consequently, Manchester United is strategizing to bring in a midfield player for the long term, who can complement homegrown talent like Kobbie Mainoo. The club had shown significant interest in Arthur Vermeeren from Antwerp before he joined Atletico Madrid. Now, attention may turn to Vermeeren’s former teammate, Mandela Keita, who is nearing the end of a season-long loan with the Jupiler Pro League champions.

Keita, who secured a league and cup double with Mark van Bommel’s side last season, initially joined Antwerp from OH Leuven during the 2022-23 season. His loan was extended for the current campaign, with a predetermined purchase fee of €7-8 million included. With his standout performances drawing attention, Antwerp stands to profit from their foresight when Keita’s deal becomes permanent. Any potential transfer is likely to surpass Vermeeren’s transfer record of €18 million.

Now a Belgium international, Keita impressed in this season’s Champions League matches. Reports from Het Nieuwsblad suggest Manchester United, along with West Ham and Villarreal, are vying for his signature. United has reportedly dispatched scouts to monitor Keita’s progress on multiple occasions.

Keita himself has likened his playing style to a blend of N’Golo Kante and Paul Pogba, showcasing defensive prowess alongside technical and playmaking abilities. Antwerp is gaining recognition as a talent hub in Europe, evident from the lucrative transfers of players like Vermeeren, Gaston Avila (to Ajax), and Willian Pacho (to Eintracht Frankfurt).

With Keita potentially following suit, Manchester United sees him as a solution to their midfield woes, offering a promising remedy to bolster their squad.

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