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Why Man Utd withdrew from the race to sign Moises Caicedo

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Manchester United looked set to win the race for Ecuadorian midfielder Moises Caicedo as the January transfer window approached. But complicated negotiations have reportedly prompted the club to pull out, leaving Brighton now likely to sign the teenager instead.

Caicedo has emerged from the youth ranks of Ecuadorian club Independiente del Valle and has already become a key member of the Ecuadorian national team since his senior debut in October.

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Caicedo is Ecuador’s most promising young talent | JOSE JACOME / Getty Images

United were not the only Premier League club linked with the talented youngster, but in December they were the ones who seemed closest to securing a deal in the £ 4-5million region.

It is understood that United were actively working on a deal to sign Caicedo, but the Manchester Evening News writes that Old Trafford officials were ultimately deterred by the involvement of “various middlemen” who made the negotiations “too complicated” to go any further.

The local newspaper even quotes a source saying that the complex discussions have become a “clusterf ***”.

Independiente del Valle general manager Santiago Morales has confirmed the club have struck a deal with a Premier League side, although he has not disclosed who.

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Negotiations have become ‘too complicated’ for Man Utd to continue | MARCELO ENDELLI / Getty Images

A talkSPORT report notes Brighton is confident they will land Caicedo instead, seeing late competition from Newcastle and the journalist Duncan’s Castles claim the Seagulls will pay € 5.5m (£ 4.9m). He is then likely to be immediately loaned to the second-tier Belgian club, Union Saint-Gilloise.

Chelsea, Everton and West Ham have all been linked or credited with interest in the 19-year-old in recent weeks as well, but he appears to be ultimately bound for the South Coast.

English clubs often place foreign players on loan at continental European clubs while they are working through a UK work permit application.

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Caicedo must qualify for a work permit to play in England | Agencia Press South / Getty Images

Because Caicedo only started playing international football relatively recently and does not come from an internationally renowned league, or for significant transfer fees, he may find it difficult to initially meet the criteria for an endorsement from the Board of Directors (GBE) needed to get a job. allowed.

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