Casemiro, De Bruyne, De Jong, Kante: Who are the world's best-paid midfielders?

Casemiro in action for Real Madrid

Manchester United are closing in on the signing of Casemiro.

The Red Devils have been desperately attempting to bolster their midfield and they appear to be close to completing a deal for the Brazilian star.

Paul Hirst of the Times has reported that United have agreed a fee of €60m+ €10m in add-ons with Real Madrid.

Hirst also reports that he has agreed a four-year deal with an option of a further year.

Neil Custis of the Sun claims that Casemiro will earn a whopping £350,000-per-week at Old Trafford.

The Premier League giants hope to complete his signing before their trip to Liverpool next Monday.

Casemiro will be on a hefty salary at United, but how does his wages compare to the world’s highest-paid centre-midfielders?

Fbref, using data provided by Capology, have recently published a list of the 100 highest-paid footballers in the world. View the 20 highest-paid centre midfielders in the world below…

=18 Thomas Partey | Arsenal | £200,000-per-week

=18. Tanguy Ndombele | Tottenham Hotspur | £200,000-per-week

=18. Thiago Alcantara | Liverpool | £200,000-per-week

Thiago Alcantara in action for Liverpool
LONDON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 06: Thiago Alcantara of Liverpool during the Premier League match between Fulham FC and Liverpool FC at Craven Cottage on August 06, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

17. Marcel Sabitzer | Bayern Munich | £202,671-per-week

16. Ivan Rakitic | Sevilla | £214,020-per-week

15. Franck Kessie | Barcelona | £219,533-per-week

14. Rodri | Man City | £220,000-per-week

13. Marco Verratti | Paris Saint-Germain | £233,477-per-week

12. Bruno Fernandes | Manchester United | £240,000-per-week

11. Miralem Pjanic | Barcelona | £253,257-per-week

10. Koke | Atletico Madrid | £259,419-per-week

9. N’Golo Kante | Chelsea | £289,423-per-week

N'Golo Kante in action for Chelsea
MADRID, SPAIN – APRIL 12: N’Golo Kanté of Chelsea FC looks on during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final Leg Two match between Real Madrid and Chelsea FC at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on April 12, 2022 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

8. Leon Goretzka | Bayern Munich | £291,846-per-week

7. Joshua Kimmich | Bayern Munich | £316,166-per-week

6. Luka Modric | Real Madrid | £319,247-per-week

5. Casemiro | Manchester United* | £350,000-per-week (If deal goes through)

4. Toni Kroos | Real Madrid | £355,728-per-week

3. Sergio Busquets | Barcelona | £356,701-per-week

2. Kevin De Bruyne | Man City | £400,000-per-week

1. Frenkie De Jong | Barcelona | £472, 952-per-week

Casemiro will become the fifth highest-paid centre midfielder in the world if his Man United move goes through.

Busquets, De Bruyne and De Jong are currently the three highest-paid centre midfielders in world football.

Kroos, Modric and Kimmich also earn over £300,000-per-week at Real Madrid and Bayern Munich respectively.

Barcelona currently have four of the world’s 17 highest-paid centre midfielders: De Jong, Busquets, Pjanic and Kessie.

While it’s perhaps surprising that Ndombele and Rakitic are included among the world’s 20 highest-paid players in their position.

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