Man Utd ready cash-plus-player offer to sign £80m South American star

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Mason Mount’s deal from Chelsea was recently completed by Manchester United, but Erik ten Hag isn’t done shopping. United wants to add another centre midfielder, but they are searching for a defensively-minded player who will give the creative players greater space on the pitch.

After losing their jobs, Paul Pogba and Nemanja Matic left for Juventus and AS Roma, respectively, last season. According to Tom Victor of the Mirror, the Red Devils are considering Moises Caicedo to replace the vacuum left by the potential departures of Scott McTominay and Donny van de Beek this summer for a similar reason.

The 21-year-old made 53 appearances across all competitions after joining Brighton & Hove Albion from Independiente in 2021. He has two goals and three assists in 53 games. United is aware that Caicedo won’t be inexpensive because he has been a regular for the Seagulls since last season and is expected to have a promising future.

As Brighton has expressed interest in the Scottish international, Victor claims Man Utd is prepared to offer McTominay as a makeweight in any deal for Caicedo. Any agreement for Caicedo will nevertheless be costly. According to the source, the Ecuadorian international is asking for £80 million, and as he still has four years left on his Amex Stadium contract, Brighton holds the negotiating advantage.

But because defensive midfielder Caicedo is so highly regarded, United won’t be leaving anytime soon. The 21-year-old averaged more tackles (2.7) and interceptions (1.5) per game than other Red Devils player on the team, with Casemiro coming in at the top of the list with 3.2 tackles per game.

After making two offers for Caicedo in January, Arsenal is expected to pass given their plans to acquire Declan Rice from West Ham. There is no need for another defensive midfielder because Manchester City already has Mateo Kovacic, Rodri, and Kalvin Phillips. Chelsea might be in the running now that Kovacic and N’Golo Kante are gone, but if Man Utd makes a formal offer, they should be in the lead.

Furthermore, if this story is true, McTominay would have to approve his own departure from Old Trafford in order to join Brighton.

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