FootballTransfers has learned that Sir Jim Ratcliffe expressed strong dissatisfaction with Manchester United’s acquisition of Casemiro, a significant factor in the imminent departure of Richard Arnold, according to our sources.
The Ineos chief, set to acquire a 25% stake in the Premier League giants, reportedly found it difficult to comprehend the club’s decision to sign the veteran midfielder from Real Madrid last summer, believing him to be a ‘dud.’
Insiders indicate that this move played a substantial role in Arnold, the club’s CEO, announcing his resignation earlier this month.
Casemiro was brought in from Real Madrid for €60 million plus €10 million in add-ons in 2022. The Brazilian international played a pivotal role in Man Utd’s third-place finish in the Premier League last season, securing a Champions League spot.
However, this season, Casemiro’s performance has fallen short, and there are suggestions that he might consider a move to the Saudi Pro League in the January transfer window, a prospect that Man Utd could entertain due to his substantial wages.
This is partly why Man Utd has initiated inquiries into potential targets for the No.6 position. FootballTransfers exclusively revealed that the club approached Fluminense to inquire about Andre, who is also reportedly of interest to Fulham.
Richard Arnold’s Departure from Man Utd
Last week, the club issued a statement announcing Arnold’s departure after 16 years with Manchester United.
“Richard Arnold has decided to step down as chief executive of Manchester United after 16 years with the club.
Patrick Stewart will take over as interim CEO, in addition to his existing role as general counsel, with Richard continuing to provide transitional support until the end of December. A search process will be carried out for a new permanent CEO.”
Arnold said: “It has been an incredible privilege to serve this great football club for the past 16 years. Through highs and lows, the constant has been the dedication of our employees and fans.
“I would like to thank all of them for their loyalty and commitment, and wish everyone associated with the club the very best for the future.”