Man Utd begin talks to sign Moises Caicedo in January
Manchester United have begun talks to sign Ecuadorian midfielder Moises Caicedo, according to reports.
The 19-year-old made his first-team debut for Independiente del Valle 14 months ago and is now a regular in their central midfield.
Caicedo has also been capped four times by Ecuador and scored his first goal in the 4-2 victory over Uruguay in October.
Caicedo, who has been with Independiente del Valle since the age of 13, is capable of playing as a holding midfielder or in a box-to-box role and has attracted huge praise following his rapid rise in his homeland.
According to the Daily Record, United have now entered negotiations to sign Caicedo, with Independiente del Valle demanding an initial £5.5 million fee plus add-ons and a 20 per cent sell-on clause.
But the report claims that West Ham are also in the race to sign the Ecuadorian midfielder and have held initial talks.
Speaking earlier this month, Independiente del Valle’s general manager, Santiago Morales, revealed the club are already considering an offer for Caicedo and that the midfielder is likely to leave in the January window.
‘We have received an offer from a European club for Moises Caicedo, we are negotiating the proposal,’ said Morales.
‘It is most likely that he will not be in our team in 2021 due to the proposal we’ve received, it is very difficult to keep him.’
In an interview with Global Digital TV last month, Caicedo revealed that he would be keen to make the move to England and named United as his first-choice destination.
When asked to name the league he’d like to play in, the midfielder replied: ‘The Premier League. Manchester United are my favourite club.’
Caicedo also named Paul Pogba and N’Golo Kante as two of his idols.
‘I really like the game of N’Golo Kante and Paul Pogba, I learn a lot from them every time I see them,’ he said.
‘I always try to do what they do, that’s why they are there.’
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