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23 December 2020 12:42

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Manchester United 'agree £4.5m deal for Ecuador international Moises Caicedo'

Get the latest United updates, transfer news and analysis delivered straight to your inbox every day for free Subscribe Thank you for subscribing We have more newsletters Show me See our privacy notice Invalid Email Manchester United are trying to finalise a deal for Ecuadorian midfielder Moises Caicedo for around €6million (£5.4m). The MEN understands the deal could include a 20 per cent sell-on clause for Caicedo's current club, Independiente del Valle. The MEN reported on Monday United want to sign Caicedo, 19, as part of a new recruitment strategy and the teenager would move to Manchester in January due to new work permit regulations. Caicedo only turned 19 last month but made his Ecuador debut in October and has attained four senior caps, starting in their last four World Cup qualifiers. Caicedo started in Independiente's final game of the year on Monday night, a 1-0 defeat at Macara.

United agreed deals for teenage wingers Facundo Pellistri and Amad Diallo on deadline day in October, with the 18-year-old Diallo due to move to Manchester from Atalanta next month. The club partly moved for Diallo in the last transfer window before new criteria was drafted up for Premier League clubs to sign 18 to 21-year-old foreign talent post-Brexit. Pellistri, 19, was an unused substitute in United's Champions League wins over Paris Saint-Germain and Istanbul Basaksehir and has played eight times for the reserves, scoring three goals. Senior United sources described Edinson Cavani, a 33-year-old free transfer, as a 'pragmatic and opportunistic' deal and stressed the club's core recruitment strategy remains unchanged. United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said last week he had not decided whether Diallo, who has appeared just twice off the bench for Atalanta this season, would go straight into the first-team squad.

The Reds won 6-2 at Old Trafford, after being set on their way by two Scott McTominay goals in the first three minutes. United's only previous Ecuadorian player, Antonio Valencia, joined the club in 2009 and won two Premier League winner's medals, two League Cups, the FA Cup, the Europa League and the Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year award for 2011-12 before he was released in 2019. Manchester United are set to complete their first January signing after agreeing a deal for Ecuador international Moises Caicedo, according to reports. The 19-year-old midfielder has attracted interest from RB Leipzig and AC Milan but United appear to have won the race for his signature with his arrival at Old Trafford thought to be imminent. According to Diario Extra, the Premier League side have negotiated a fee of around £4.5million plus add-ons, with the youngster set to sign in the coming hours.

Manchester United are set to complete the signing of Ecuador international Moises Caicedo United have beaten RB Leipzig and AC Milan to secure a £4.5million deal for the midfielder The midfielder currently plays his football with Independiente del Valle but the club became resigned to losing him earlier this month. '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.' The 19-year-old impressed scouts during his four World Cup qualifying games this year United have already signed a number of promising young players including Facundo Pellistri and Willy Kambwala, who both joined in the summer. The deal was agreed in October but the club are waiting to secure a work permit so he can complete the switch to England. MANCHESTER United are at the front of the queue to sign Ecuador rising star Moises Caicedo, according to reports. The Red Devils are interested in signing the 19-year-old wonderkid, who has a £5million price tag.

1 Manchester United are reportedly in pole position to sign Moises Caicedo Credit: AFP - Getty He adds that agreeing personal terms on a five-year deal won't be a problem for the Old Trafford side. Caicedo plays for Independiente del Valle in his native country of Ecuador, where he has become a regular feature. The 19-year-old box-to-box midfielder has also featured for Ecuador's national side making four appearances. ⚽ Read our Man United live blog for the latest news from Old Trafford But Hammers boss David Moyes has recently stated that due to the club's financial situation, the club would only look to do a deal if the price is right. Moyes said: "If we can and we think there is something available the owner would try and do it, but obviously like everybody else we're in a difficult situation financially. United are likely win a battle with West Ham for the player's signature as Caicedo has already gone on the record to say he is a Red Devils fan. In a recent television interview with "one day be in the elite of world football", Caicedo said: "Manchester United are my favourite club. Manchester United have struck terms with Independiente del Valle for Moises Caicedo. Diario Extra says the 19-year-old midfielder has attracted interest from RB Leipzig and AC Milan but United appear to have won the race for his signature with his arrival at Old Trafford thought to be imminent. The Premier League side have negotiated a fee of around £4.5million plus add-ons, with the youngster set to sign in the coming hours. Caicedo caught the eye of scouts during his four international appearances in World Cup qualifiers for Ecuador. "We have received an offer from a European club for Moises Caicedo, we are negotiating the proposal," said the club's manager Santiago 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." Manchester United have asked their former defender Antonio Valencia for his opinion regarding a January move for Ecuadorian starlet Moises Caicedo. The 19-year-old, who plays for Independiente del Valle in his home country, is the subject of interest from the Red Devils with the club reportedly having made contact over the possibility of signing him next month. Caicedo has made 28 club appearances since his senior debut last year in all competitions, scoring six goals in the process. It has been reported that United are keen to continue their recent trend of investing in youth by bringing the youngster to Old Trafford during next month's transfer window. The Red Devils have even sounded out Caicedo's compatriot Antonio Valencia regarding the potential transfer. The Athletic have reported that the 35-year-old defender has been asked for his views on the player, who he has described as having 'real potential'. Valencia, who left United in 2019 after a 10-year spell at the club, was also said to be 'impressed' with the teenager's performances for Ecuador's national side. Caicedo made his international debut in October, starting in his country's World Cup qualifier against Lionel Messi's Argentina. RB Leipzig and AC Milan are also said to be interested in the player's services, but United have been backed to capture his signature in January. United have not won the Premier League since 2013 Independiente del Valle general manager Santiago Morales claimed earlier this month that the club have been locked in negotiations with a top European side, believed to be United, revealing that he expects the youngster to leave imminently. "We have received an offer from a European club for Moises Caicedo, we are negotiating the proposal," he said, as reported by the Metro. "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," he added. Despite the speculation, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has warned fans to not expect too much from United in January, suggesting that the difficulties faced by many clubs around the world amid the current pandemic could make business more difficult than usual.