Man Utd: 2020 in review
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’.
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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.
He has played four matches in total for Ecuador, scoring once and registering three assists.
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.
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.
“It’s hard to predict how other teams [will act] and how the financial situation is,” Solskjaer said in November.
“I don’t predict a lot of ins and outs, to be fair. The world, financially, and in football, has changed as well also. It depends how the injury situations are at different teams.
“I feel very happy with my squad at the moment. We’re getting stronger. I still have issues every week when we only get an 18-man squad to pick from.
“Who do you leave out? I feel I’m in a good position.”
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