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Sir Jim Ratcliffe singles out Casemiro deal as ‘reason to shake up Man Utd’ recruitment

Prospective Manchester United investor Sir Jim Ratcliffe cited Casemiro transfer as a reason to shake up the club’s recruitment policy, it had been claimed.

Ratcliffe, whose bid to purchase 25 per cent of the club is expected to be voted on in a board meeting on Thursday, reportedly questioned United’s transfer policy during his visit to Old Trafford in March.

According to the Guardian, the billionaire believes United run a productive commercial operation but that investment in the squad could be improved.

Ratcliffe raised this note during the presentation given to him by the United hierarchy on March 17 at the Carrington training base.

The club’s CEO Richard Arnold and football director John Murtough were among those in attendance.

Ratcliffe is believed to have suggested that players signed by Manchester United in the past few years had not been the most prudent.

The publication claims he pointed to Casemiro’s €60m (£52million) singing the previous August as an example of questionable business, with the then-30-year-old having been given a four-year deal of around £350,000 a week.

While Casemiro starred for United in his debut season, scoring in February’s 2-0 Carabao Cup final win over Newcastle United, this term he has appeared off the pace and his form has faltered.

Nevertheless, Nice, one of the teams in Ratcliffe’s vast sporting portfolio, recruited Aaron Ramsey, Kasper Schmeichel and Barkley alongside seven more signings the same summer Casemiro joined United.


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