Aperribay: No Casemiro talks
Real Sociedad president Jokin Aperribay has confirmed he met with Real Madrid Florentino Pérez, but insists there was no talk of a deal for Casemiro.
La Real require a new central midfielder; Asier Illarramendi departed for Real Madrid over the summer. His replacement, Esteban Granero, injured his anterior cruciate ligament in a 2-0 defeat to Shakhtar Donetsk earlier this month.
Aperribay initially approached Barcelona for Jonathan dos Santos - also a pre-season target. The difficulties in finding an agreement with the reigning La Liga champions, however, has forced the president to look elsewhere.
Radio Nacional de España insists Real Madrid’s Casemiro is the preferred alternative. The source suggests the Brazilian’s availability was discussed earlier in the week. Aperribay denies this.
“I had a coffee with three friends, one of whom was Florentino Pérez. They usually have coffee there, and we bumped into each other and chatted,” stated Aperribay, as reported by AS. “That’s it. Given that we were in the same place, it would have been strange if we hadn’t sat down for coffee together because we have a great relationship.”
“We didn’t talk about Casemiro whatsoever,” continued the president. “We’re not going to sign anyone at this moment in time. I think we said so last week. There is complete faith in the squad we have. It has enough quality to get good results.”
Casemiro, 21, has been on the fringes at Real Madrid. The Brazilian international - five caps - has made just three appearances, all as a substitute.