Saudi Arabian Clubs Target £200M United Trio And One Could Leave As Early As January

Manchester United captain Bruno Fernandes, as well as teammates Casemiro and Anthony Martial, are being targeted by teams in Saudi Arabia, according to

The website claims that “intermediaries” are exploring whether the three players would be prepared to make the move to the Middle East.

It is believed that Casemiro would be the likeliest to leave Old Trafford, as United look to keep within Financial Fair Play regulations.

The Red Devils spent £70m to bring in the Brazilian international from Real Madrid last year, but he has struggled for form and fitness during his second season in Manchester.

Manager Erik ten Hag has confirmed that Casemiro is expected to be out until Christmas with a hamstring injury he sustained during the 3-0 defeat to Newcastle in the Carabao Cup.

United are said to be tempted to cash in on the midfielder, which would recoup some of the transfer fee they paid, as well as get his £350,000 a week salary off the wage bill. A January departure., therefore, cannot be ruled out.

What is the situation with Fernandes and Martial?

Considering his importance to United, it is not believed that the club would countenance the departure of Fernandes either in January or at the end of the season. Even so, it hasn’t deterred representatives from Saudi trying to persuade the £68m signing from Sporting Lisbon into leaving United.

Martial, meanwhile, has a contract that expires at the end of the season, and it seems likely that he will join a Saudi Pro League team on a free transfer. The France international cost an eye-watering £61.5m when he joined from Monaco in 2015 but it looks as if the Red Devils won’t get a penny when he departs.

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David Tully

David Tully

David has worked as a football reporter for the last fifteen years. Having started as an intern at Snack Media, he then went on to become a freelancer, working on various different sites. At the start of 2023, he took up his current role as content writer for National World's Football News Network.