An update has emerged regarding Newcastle’s interest in Real Madrid midfielder Casemiro.
According to Spanish outlet El Nacional, the Magpies are eyeing up a potential swoop for the Brazil international in either January or next summer.
The report claims that a move could happen as the 29-year-old is currently uncomfortable with Carlo Ancelotti being the manager at the Bernabeu.
Eddie Howe is reportedly on the verge of becoming the new manager of Newcastle and a move for Casemiro could be an excellent first foray into the market. The £63m-rated beast could be the 43-year-old’s next Jefferson Lerma, who excelled in the top flight as a midfield enforcer for Bournemouth.
The 27-year-old played 65 games under Howe before the coach’s exit from the Vitality Stadium in 2020, having signed for £25.2m from Levante in 2018. The Colombia international enjoyed an impressive debut campaign in English football with the Cherries as he averaged a WhoScored rating of 6.97 across 30 Premier League appearances, with 3.3 tackles and interceptions per game.
Casemiro is a similar type of player in style. The Brazilian is a strong defensive-minded midfielder who breaks up the play. He has averaged five tackles and interceptions per game over the course of his career, playing the best part of 300 matches for Real Madrid, Porto and Brazil.
This season, he has made 3.8 tackles and interceptions per game whilst averaging an excellent WhoScored rating of 7.01 in La Liga. These statistics are similar to the numbers Lerma was posting in his first season under Howe, which suggests that Casemiro could thrive under the former Bournemouth boss’ management, as he has shown that he can help a player of such style to thrive.
Former Real Madrid boss Julen Lopetegui once hailed him as a “joy to coach” and the enforcer’s comments on his work behind the scenes show why.
Casemiro once explained: “I love to learn. I watch back, see the errors, evaluate. I love that. People say I think like a coach. I always try to read the game, the other team’s mind, their coach, what they’re trying to do. Often the smallest details – a metre either way – change everything. I have [football analytics platform] Wyscout and watch everything, from China or anywhere.”
This suggests that Howe could love to work with Casemiro and help him improve. At the age of 29, he still has plenty of time ahead of him in the holding midfield role. Fernandinho, for instance, is still playing for Manchester City at 36, and the Real Madrid man could hopefully be Newcastle’s midfield anchor for years to come.