Ecuadorian wonderkid Moises Caicedo appears to be one of Manchester United’s prime summer targets.
The South American football expert Tim Vickery, told Sky Sports that the Independiente del Valle midfielder is ‘locked in’ for talks with United.
Vickery also said described Caicedo as the “real deal” and said that if the signing happens, it would be a big snatch for United.
“It looks like he is locked in for Manchester United and if it goes through, they have got themselves the real deal Holyfield!” he said.
“Only 19. The way the market is going with South American football is the European clubs want to take them as early as possible. They are buying on promise.”
Caicedo became the first player born in the 21st century ever to score a goal in CONMEBOL World Cup qualifiers during Ecuador’s 4-2 win over Uruguay in October last year, and has remained in the limelight since then. He has played 31 games for his club, scoring six goals.
“The fella Moises Caicedo is much more than promise, he is reality,” added Vickery. “He is the first player born in the 21st century to score a goal in South American World Cup qualifiers.
“We have just lost Colin Bell and I am not saying he is as good as Bell but Moises Caicedo is in that kind of mould. He is a terrific athlete who makes football look easy. A box-to-box midfielder.
Vickery added that Caicedo is already a better player than N’golo Kante, who he deemed as his role model.
“A year ago he was saying that (N’Golo) Kante of Chelsea is his role model but he is already more than that,” he said.
“He already offers more in the final third. That kind of box-to-box midfielder that’s very much in the tradition of the England game. Strong, quick, intelligent and cool. He really does look like the genuine article.”
It still remains to be seen whether United will complete any deals in the winter transfer window, but the addition of Caicedo will certainly signal a major shift in the midfield, especially with the likes of Donny van de Beek struggling to make his mark at Old Trafford.