Porto have announced that they will exercise the right to keep Real Madrid loanee Casemiro on a permanent basis this summer.
Los Blancos were expected to take advantage of the midfielder’s progress with the Portuguese giants by recalling him for next season, but Danilo’s arrival in July means the club will have filled all three of their non-EU spots.
“Porto have informed Real Madrid of their intention to sign Casemiro,” read a statement in Porto’s official newsletter.
“The agreement between the parties, however, foresees the possibility that the Spanish club can retain the player by compensating Porto. Therefore the decision now lies with Madrid.”
AS claims Porto will shell out €15m for the Brazil international, but Madrid can still retain him, providing they pay out €7.5m in compensation.
Casemiro scored four goals in 41 appearances for Porto in 2014-15 and will represent the Seleccao at Copa America next month.