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Brighton and Hove Albion are closing in on a deal to sign Manchester United goal Moises Caicedo of the Ecuadorian Independiente del Valle.
The 19-year-old reached the lower ranks of Independiente del Valle, making his professional debut with the club in October 2019. Since then he has continued to impress, winning four games for Ecuador and becoming the first player born in the 21st century. score in a CONMEBOL World Cup Qualifier.
The midfielder had been linked to a signing for Manchester United. However now Cloud report that Brighton and Hove Albion are leading the race for the teenager.
Sky claims the Seagulls will pay an initial fee of £ 4.5 million for Caicedo’s services and will include a “significant” sale clause in the deal. They also claim that he could be loaned immediately to the Belgian team Royale Union Saint-Gilloise, which is owned by Brighton owner Tony Bloom.
Graham Potter’s team has not had an ideal start to the 2020/21 campaign. At the time of writing, they are 17th, just three points behind Fulham in the relegation zone after having played two more games. New additions could be needed if they want to avoid a relegation fight, especially if midfielder Yves Bissouma goes ahead.
Sky Sports reporter Tim Vickery praised Caicedo and hailed him as “an absolutely fantastic player.”
Vickery described the young man as a “box-to-box midfielder, an excellent athlete, great on possession.” Given this description, he could be an ideal replacement for Bissouma should he leave the AMEX stadium anytime soon.