By Chris Wheeler and Sammy Mokbel for the Daily Mail
22:30 23 November 2023, Updated 23:36 23 November 2023
- Sir Jim Radcliffe’s £1.3bn investment could be confirmed next week
- He will face a difficult decision over the futures of Casemiro and Raphael Varane
- No one has been fooled by the nature of Man United’s performances this season – Although
Sir Jim Radcliffe faces an important decision regarding the futures of Casemiro and Raphael Varane once he takes control of football operations at Manchester United.
Radcliffe’s £1.3 billion investment will finally be confirmed next week when the New York Stock Exchange reopens after the Thanksgiving holiday.
Once Radcliffe acquires a 25 per cent stake in the club from the Glazer family, the Ineos billionaire and his sporting director Sir Dave Brailsford are expected to sit on the new football board.
United have already announced that chief executive Richard Arnold will leave before the end of the year, and director of football John Murdoch is also likely to go as Radcliffe focuses on improving recruitment.
United paid Real Madrid £112million for Casemiro and Varane, despite the pair being 30 and 28 respectively when they moved to Old Trafford on lucrative, long-term deals.
Both played a key role in Erik den Haag’s impressive first season at the club, but have struggled this term and approach the January transfer window with question marks over their futures.
Casemiro looked out of form and fitness at the start of the season and was out after Christmas with a hamstring injury. The Brazilian will travel to Saudi Arabia in January. Even if he stays, his future is likely to come up for discussion in the summer.
Varane, meanwhile, fell out of favor with Den Haag and their relationship effectively broke down. The open exchange is believed to have taken place after Varane was dropped for the Manchester derby last month, and the Frenchman has only made three substitute appearances.
Jonny Evans, 30, is said to be unhappy at being selected ahead of him and Victor Lindelof was selected to play alongside Harry Maguire against Luton when Evans was injured two weeks ago.
’Maguire got his chance when Varane wasn’t around. When the moment is there, you take it and the other has to fight back,’ Den Haag told beIN Sports on Thursday.
Bayern Munich expressed interest in signing Varane in a £25m deal in January, but the German is unable to afford the £340,000-a-week. United have discussed changes, but a move for Nice’s Jean-Clair Todibo could involve a conflict of interest due to Radcliffe’s ownership of the French side.
The squad that was so strong last season lacked cohesion, not helped by the players’ split over the decision to send Jadon Sancho into exile.
It is a sign of a split in the camp between players who welcome the Dutchman’s discipline and those who don’t.
Privately, some of the coaches have discussed adopting a soft approach for all players to approach an important game.
It starts with a trip to Goodison Park on Sunday to face an Everton side from a 10-point deduction for breaching Premier League financial rules. Asked if it was a bad time to be playing at Everton, Den Haag said: 'It definitely happens. They get more fuel. It can also work against them.’
„Całkowity introwertyk. Nieprzejednany specjalista od sieci. Przyjazny fanatyk bekonu. Student ekstremalnych. Miłośnik piwa. Organizator.”