Moises Caicedo has revealed he would have considered a move to Manchester United if the Red Devils had submitted a bid for him in the summer.
The twenty-time league champions reportedly reignited their interest in signing the Brighton & Hove Albion midfielder after opting against signing the Ecuadorian for £4.5m 18 months ago.
According to the Sunday Mirror (14/8; page 76), Erik ten Hag’s Reds were interested in signing the talented 20-year-old during the summer transfer window, but a bid was never officially submitted.
Caicedo was linked with a switch to Old Trafford in late December 2020 and January 2021, dubbed a future midfield star 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 from Ecuadorian side Independiente del Valle.
Moises Caicedo would have considered Manchester United move
Caicedo has already shown Manchester United first-hand the qualities he would bring to our midfield with two impressive performances.
Brighton’s number 25 scored his first 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.
Despite losing Yves Bissouma to Tottenham Hotspur in the summer, Caicedo played a key role in Brighton spoiling Ten Hag’s first Premier League game in charge of the Reds, as the Seagulls came out on top 2-1 at the Theatre of Dreams.
The 23-time Ecuador international, who dominated Scott McTominay and Fred, has spoken in an interview with Ole about how he would have considered a move to Manchester United “a lot” if a bid had been submitted.
The South American said: “I saw rumours and things like that, but I was working on my team. I didn’t want anything to take me out of my job, I let my entire agent handle.
“I was very calm, focused only on Brighton and did not know if there were other proposals or not. I was just working on my team to make good matches.
“If there was any proposal I would have thought about it a lot, but I am very happy here at Brighton and doing things very well, already adapted to the team.
“Now I just want to be here, keep adding minutes, play the World Cup and then we’ll see what happens.”
With his former Brighton boss Potter taking the reins at Chelsea, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see the former Swansea City manager try and reunite with the Ecuadorian by bringing him to Stamford Bridge.
Manchester United may have missed the boat on signing a young, talented, pacey, powerful and classy midfielder who would have likely played a big part in our future.
Passing up on signing Caicedo for £4.5m 18 months ago and now rueing that decision is yet another indicator of how Manchester United need to become proactive instead of reactive in the transfer market.