Manchester United midfielder Casemiro is reportedly a shock transfer target for Thomas Tuchel at Bayern Munich ahead of this summer.
The Brazilian joined Old Trafford from Real Madrid for £70million last summer and has since proved an integral part of Erik ten Hag’s squad, helping his new club lift the Carabao Cup in March and securing a promising position in the race to qualify for the Champions League.
Despite conceding two red cards in 2023 alone, Casemiro is considered one of United’s most important players ahead of the summer transfer window, providing the perfect midfield anchor to support playmaker Christian Eriksen and starlet Bruno Fernandes.
However, his value to the Red Devils doesn’t seem to have deterred Tuchel at Bayern Munich as the German is said to have seen the Brazil international as a prime target ahead of his summer rebuild at Bayern.
The Bundesliga champions, who were replaced at the top of the table by Dortmund last weekend, are having a rare season of turmoil in Germany and may well hit the reset button, attracting a host of new stars to the Allianz Arena .
Tuchel replaced former Bayern manager Julian Nagelsmann, who was ruthlessly sacked by the club before they were knocked out by Manchester City in the Champions League earlier this month.
The former Chelsea manager, who inherited a struggling side, is keen to bring experienced leaders into his dressing room next season and has made Casemiro a priority transfer target, according to German outlet Kicker.
Bayern are believed to be in the market for a new defensive midfielder and Tuchel plans to bolster his squad with Premier League reinforcements.
It is understood that Tuchel would like to support Joshua Kimmich with more defensive protection in the center of the park, creating a double pivot to support the back line.
Casemiro arrived at Manchester United with a rich portfolio of trophies from his time at the Bernabeu, including three La Liga titles and five Champions League trophies.
His trophy-laden career immediately took off as United ended their six-year trophy drought by beating Newcastle in the Carabao Cup final.
The midfielder travels to north London to take on four big rivals Tottenham in the Premier League on Thursday night.
Bayern, meanwhile, are looking to recover from the shock 3-1 loss to Mainz when they face Hertha Berlin in the Bundesliga on Sunday.