Premier League outfit Manchester United are reportedly plotting a 90 million euros move for Brighton & Hove Albion star in the summer.
According to a report from Football Insider, Manchester United have joined the race to sign Moises Caicedo who publicly announced to be transferred out by The Seagulls during the winter transfer window but a deal couldn’t go through. Chelsea had the first-mover advantage for securing the services of the Ecuadorian star this winter but was soon overtaken by league leaders Arsenal in the race.
The Gunners had their 60 million euros bid rejected by Brighton and an asking price of around 90 million euros was set by the South Coastern side. The same price tag is set to be continued in the summer transfer market and now with Caicedo agreeing on a new contract, Brighton will have added leverage in any negotiations about him.
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The 21-year-old stirred up the rumour mill at the end of January by posting a tweet, requesting Brighton & Hove Albion to let him leave for a bigger club, stating it has been a dream for him to play at a top club in Europe. This surfaced after his present club rejected high-priced offers from Chelsea and Arsenal.
"“I hope they can understand why I want to take up this magnificent opportunity.”“I am proud to be able to bring in a record transfer fee for Brighton which would allow them to reinvest it and help the club continue to be successful,” Caicedo added. “I always play football with a smile and with heart. I am the youngest of 10 siblings from a poor upbringing. My dream always to be the most decorated player in the history of Ecuador.” (via The Guardian)"
However, interestingly he agreed on the new contract renewal but it does not have a release clause set over his name. This makes him available on the market and many suggest that Caicedo still has his dream of playing for a top club and winning trophies in the lights.
With Arsenal fading out of the race after their signing of Leandro Trossard, Manchester United is set to renew their interest in the Ecuador International and strengthen their midfield for the coming years.