Manchester United are interested in signing Moises Caicdeo from Brighton |  Transfer Center News

Manchester United are interested in signing Moises Caicdeo from Brighton | Transfer Center News

Manchester United are interested in signing Brighton defensive midfielder Moises Caicedo.

The 20-year-old Ecuador international impressed in Brighton’s 2-1 win at Old Trafford at the weekend as Graham Potter’s side handed new United boss Erik ten Hag their first game defeat.

Caicedo first made his Premier League debut for Brighton at Arsenal in April, but has become a first-team regular for Potter after starting his last 10 league games and has made 12 appearances in all competitions for the club.

United are long-term admirers of Caicedo – they looked to sign him when he joined Brighton from Ecuadorian club Independiente del Valle in February 2021.

Brighton have no intention of selling the player. The club’s transfer policy is that they should only sell at the right time at the right price

Caicedo, whose deal at Brighton runs until the summer of 2025, also scored his first Premier League goal against United in the stunning 4-0 win at the Amex Stadium in May.

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Moises Caicedo gave Brighton the lead in their 4-0 win over Man Utd last season

United will have internal discussions on whether to formalize their interest with an official bid.

After making his Seagulls debut in the League Cup win at Cardiff in August 2021, Caicedo spent the first half of last season on loan at Belgian side Beerschot before being recalled in January.

Manchester United's Scott McTominay (left) and Brighton and Hove Albion's Moises Caicedo battle for the ball during the Premier League match at Old Trafford, Manchester.  Photo date: Sunday 7 August 2022.
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Caicedo impressed in midfield at Old Trafford for Brighton’s win against United on the opening weekend

Caicedo is also likely to be a key player for Ecuador at the World Cup in Qatar, having won 23 caps and scored two goals for his country.

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Last October, he became the first player born in the 21st century to score in CONMEBOL World Cup Qualifying, with a goal in Ecuador’s 4-2 win over Uruguay.

Brighton have already sold two key players to Premier League sides this summer following the departure of Marc Cucurella to Chelsea in a £60m deal and midfielder Yves Bissouma to Tottenham for £35m.

The Caicedo interest comes amid waning optimism over the De Jong deal

Manchester United’s interest in Caicedo comes after waning optimism in signing the Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong.

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United have not given up hope of signing De Jong as they feel Barca want to do a deal and have a wide-ranging deal worth £72m.

United also believe the Dutch international wants to come, but they know the potential move has taken far longer than they wanted or expected.

Sky Sports News have been told “the door is not closed” on a deal to sign De Jong – but “confidence is not high” a transfer could happen.

United have looked at other options throughout the summer given the problematic nature of the De Jong deal. Alternative options may need to be triggered soon as there are only 16 days left in the window.

In the meantime, negotiations continue with Adrien Rabiots representatives over personal matters on the French midfielder’s proposed move to United from Juventus.

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A deal is close after a £15m deal was negotiated in principle, with the willingness of all parties to complete the transfer.

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United also remain in the market for a striker, with PSV Eindhoven’s Cody Gakpo a player of interest.

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But United respect PSV’s commitment to Champions League qualification and are likely to pursue the 23-year-old in the final week of the window.

Stuttgart’s Sasa Kalajdzic is a player United are also looking at, with the Austrian potentially affordable as he has entered the final year of his contract and wants to join United.

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United have been given the opportunity to sign Atletico Madrid Alvaro Morata with the former Chelsea striker of interest to Ten Hag’s side.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is another striker who came up for United during talks with Barcelona, ​​but as it stands their interest has gone no further with Chelsea pushing to sign him.

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Kaveh Solhekol discusses whether Manchester United’s stance on Cristiano Ronaldo is softening as uncertainty remains over his future at the club

Cristiano Ronaldo could be allowed to leave United this month if Ten Hag decides his departure would be better for the club going forward.

United’s position has not changed and Ronaldo is not for sale. He still has one year left on his contract and United have an option to extend it by a further 12 months.

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Sky Sports News reported on Monday that Atletico Madrid and Chelsea remained two possible destinations for Ronaldo if United change their attitude and let him leave.

However, there are senior figures at both clubs who are not convinced they should sign Ronaldo.

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