According to Sportmediaset (h/t to Football-italia.net), new Rossoneri manager Pippo Inzaghi is targeting the Brazilian midfielder, preferring a one-year loan deal with an option to buy:
It’s reported new Milan Coach Pippo Inzaghi’s next transfer target is Real Madrid midfielder Casemiro.
The Rossoneri have already snapped up defender Alex and are expected to complete their swoop for out of contract PSG man Jeremy Menez on Thursday.
According to Sportmediaset, Inzaghi spoke to Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti about the possibility of taking 22-year-old Casemiro to San Siro.
The deal would be on loan with option to buy for €6m, giving the Brazilian more playing time than he’s experienced in Spain.
Casemiro moved to Madrid in 2013 on a loan deal himself, and Los Blancos later made the move permanent. The 22-year-old has long been regarded as one of the best Brazilian talents in his age group, but a sloppy work ethic has so far slowed down his progression.
The talent is still there, however, and it's why Real made the move in the first place.
Bleacher Report's Sam Tighe did a scouting profile on the player last season based around his very first showing for the club, and for all of the bad rap the player was getting, he did enough to impress Tighe:
Political stunt or not, Mourinho's choosing of Casemiro was a good one: The Brazilian looked hungry, ready to step up and never looked out of place on the Bernabeu turf.
One performance is not enough to judge, but he's made a good start. The Madrid management have decided to pay the fee to land him, and it seems, on paper, that it's an investment project rather than a first-team signing for the next decade.
With Michael Essien departing, Madrid need a versatile player with presence and all-round ability to fill in when needed. Casemiro appears the perfect fit.
In an environment as competitive as Real's club house, minutes are hard to come by. Younger players often find it difficult to break into a senior side oozing with talent, and the club have the financial power to simply fill gaps in the squad with high-priced stars.
Giving up on Casemiro after just a single season would be easy, but handing him off to the right team in order to help his progression would be even better. That's where Milan come in.
Many casual football fans raised their eyebrows when they heard Inzaghi would be replacing Clarence Seedorf just a few months after the Dutchman was put in charge, but there's a reason the Rossoneri made the move.
Inzaghi was never a particularly gifted athlete during his playing career, but he became one of the world's best strikers thanks to an uncanny football IQ. Even before the end of his playing career, clubs in Italy were already drooling at the concept of having the former Italy international on the sidelines.
He declined offers from several clubs to take a position as manager of Milan's Primavera, the youth setup, and the work he did there was simply unbelievable. As a manager, Inzaghi was everything Italian football had hoped him to be, and even more.
As soon as his abilities as a manager became evident, it was clear the days of Massimiliano Allegri were numbered. Seedorf's position as head-manager was always going to be temporary—Milan wanted Inzaghi to be the man to lead the resurgence.
The Rossoneri are struggling, and their 2013-14 season was a disaster. Per the Corriere della Sera (h/t Football-Italia.net), they could be losing one of their top midfielders in Ricardo Kaka. Keisuke Honda's first season at the club wasn't a rousing success, and Riccardo Montolivo was just forced to leave the Italian national selection with an injury.
Milan have some young talent in midfield in Riccardo Saponara, Andrea Poli and the hugely talented Hachim Mastour, but there are plenty of minutes up for grabs in the centre of the pitch regardless.
Inzaghi is rebuilding this squad from scratch, and he would prefer to do it with young talent. He has identified the young Brazilian as a player he wants to work with, and his track record in working with young players is phenomenal.
He's the perfect man to get the best out of Casemiro, and Milan present the midfielder with the perfect opportunity to do something he isn't doing in Madrid—play.
Los Blancos are one of the biggest spenders in all of football, and they can afford to lose the player for a couple of years should Milan activate the buy-out clause after the one-year loan. There's also a good chance Real will add a buy-back clause, something they've already contemplated with Alvaro Morata.
As of right now, Casemiro isn't developing as quickly as the team would like. With Milan, he'd have a far better chance of reaching his potential. This move is a win-win, and for Real, it should be a no-brainer.