Manchester United reignite interest in Brighton midfielder Moises Caicedo
According to the Sunday Mirror (14/8; page 76), Erik ten Hag’s Red Devils are interested in signing the Brighton & Hove Albion midfielder.
Caicedo was linked to Manchester United in late December 2020 and January 2021, touted as a bargain move for a midfield wonderkid who had already made his international debut for Ecuador.
But it was Graham Potter’s Seagulls who signed the all-action South American on the final day of the 2021 January transfer window.
Manchester United reignite interest in Moises Caicedo
Brighton are yet another club that put Manchester United to shame with their shrewd recruitment and excellent scouting network.
After a six-month loan spell in the Belgian Jupiler Pro League with Beerschot V.A, the 22-year-old returned to the Amex Stadium in January and made his Premier League debut in a 2-1 win against Arsenal, at the Emirates Stadium, three months later.
The 23-time Ecuador international provided an assist on his English top-flight debut against the Gunners.
Brighton’s number 25 scored his only goal for the club so far against Manchester United in the Seagulls’ 4-0 win in our penultimate game of last season when Ralf Rangnick was in interim charge.
From ten Premier League appearances, the pacey, powerful and classy midfielder has only been on the losing side once.
Despite losing Yves Bissouma this summer, Caicedo dominated Fred and Scott McTominay in Brighton’s shock opening-day 2-1 win at Old Trafford.
Bundles of energy, classy in possession and hard-working without the ball, Caicedo is exactly what Manchester United’s midfield is so badly missing right now.
But with three years left to run on his contract with the Seagulls, Potter’s team have notoriously shown in recent windows that in order to sign their best players you to have meet their steep asking price.
Arsenal had to pay £50m to sign Ben White last summer, Tottenham paid £25m for Bissouma but he only had a year left on his contract, and Chelsea could pay up to £62m after signing Marc Cucurella after Manchester City baulked at the asking price.
United would have to pay big money to land Caicedo and after letting both Bissouma and Cucurella go this summer, a move for the South American isn’t likely to materialise this summer.
But this yet again shows how abysmal and haphazard our recruitment has been – we opt against signing Caicedo for £4.5m 18 months ago and now may have to realistically pay ten times as much as that to sign him from Brighton – the mind boggles.