Just like for Brazil, Casemiro could take over from Fernandinho at Manchester City

Manchester City’s hunt for a defensive midfielder has come to a frustrating halt.

For weeks it seemed that the Premier League champions would get their hands on Jorginho from Napoli.

However, after lengthy negotiations, the Italy international decided to follow his manager Maurizio Sarri to Chelsea.

This sent City back to the drawing board, and it is unclear whether manager Pep Guardiola will recruit a new face before the end of next month’s deadline.

If they do decide to look elsewhere, then they should turn their attention to Real Madrid’s Casemiro, who is valued at £54m by Transfermarkt.

The Brazil international is more defensively-minded than Jorginho, but that is what they need in order to alleviate the responsibility on Fernandinho.

At the World Cup in Russia, Casemiro was selected ahead of the City man for the majority of the tournament, which ended at the quarter-final stage for Brazil as they were beaten by Belgium.

Casemiro 2018 World Cup stats for Brazil

Casemiro played in four of his nation’s five matches as he was suspended for the final-eight clash.

Overall, the midfielder showed his defensive strength by administering 17 tackles, and he snatched possession on six occasions.

As well as proving that he can protect his back line, Casemiro freed up space for the attackers ahead of him, and he also made four key passes in attack.

Guardiola will want someone who has an all-round presence on the pitch, and Casemiro certainly fits into that category.

It would be difficult to persuade Real Madrid to sell, but he is a player City should keep their eyes on.