United target Moises Caicedo is on track to be a World Cup 2022 star
Manchester United are chasing a deal for young midfield talent Moises Caicedo.
The MEN report this is a deal United are looking to get done next month, with the club confident the South American will get a work permit.
There is a reason for United’s confidence. Caicedo is already an Ecuador international at the age of 19.
Caicedo is not a bit-part player either. He has started all four of Ecuador’s Conmebol World Cup qualifying games, with impressive results.
After a 1-0 loss to Argentina, Caicedo scored in a 4-2 win over a Uruguay side missing Edinson Cavani, while still featuring Diego Godin and Luis Suarez.
Caicedo then provided two assists as Ecuador battled to a 3-2 victory over Bolivia.
His third assist of the campaign came in a 6-1 demolition of a Colombia side last month which boasted James Rodriguez and Davinson Sanchez.
On track for World Cup 2022
Ecuador are currently on track to qualify for the World Cup in Qatar in 2022.
Currently they sit in third place in the Conmebol qualification rankings, only behind Brazil and Argentina.
They are three points clear in third place, ahead of Paraguay and Uruguay, and five ahead of both Chile and Colombia.
There is a lot of football still to be played, but Ecuador are currently well positioned to qualify for the World Cup, after missing the 2018 tournament.
Caicedo is a key part of their success, contributing a goal per match with one strike and three assists in four games.
Early buy strategy
This makes United’s reported plan to buy Caicedo early look smart. The club aim to complete the deal while he is a low-price target, and more easily available. The Daily Record report he could cost as little as £5 million.
Previously, United would have ignored Caicedo, allowed him to join another European club, and then pursued him after he starred at the World Cup and been left paying anything from £30 million upwards.
United appear to have shifted strategy, with the deal for Facundo Pellistri in October becoming the club’s first swoop on South America since 2013.
Caicedo’s quick progression and success at international level shows he is far ahead of Pellistri in terms of his development.
The move is not done yet, and so it’s best not to get too carried away, but Caicedo is on track to star at World Cup 2022, and United would be making a very clever investment by buying now.
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