Brighton talent Moises Caicedo has already spoken about Manchester United after transfer pursuit

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The man that Manchester United were interested in signing, but ended up not pursuing, has spoken about the club in glowing terms.

The Red Devils were targeting Moises Caicedo, then of Independiente de Valle, in December 2020 and looked like they would complete a deal but the negotiations eventually collapsed. Brighton stayed the course and signed the Ecuadorian international for £4.5million at the start of February 2021.

Fast forward to the present and the 20-year-old is now gearing up to face United on Saturday at the Amex. The midfielder has been in irresistible form for Albion of late and has played a key part in Graham Potter’s men picking up 10 points from a possible 15 in their recent outings.

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Going by his previous remarks, Caicedo is likely to be very excited about taking on Ralf Rangnick’s men this weekend. When he was on loan at Belgium side Beerschot in December, he made it clear it was a big dream of his to play at Old Trafford one day.

As he alluded to, the youngster had to wait 14 months for his shot in the Premier League and he only made his debut for the club in late August 2021 – more than seven months after he signed for the Sussex outfit. But his patience has paid off, it seems.

He told Gazet van Antwerpen: “They [Brighton] were the only club I had personal contact with. I believe that God has mapped out a way for everyone. At Brighton, I did my best, but I didn’t get to play much. It was not an easy period.

“I had to adapt to a new country and a new culture. I didn’t speak English and was alone in my apartment every night, far away from my family. I accepted that other guys were preferred, but in the summer, it was the right decision to look elsewhere. I wanted to show everyone what I’m capable of, as soon as possible.”

He added: “In the short term: perform well and get Beerschot out of this plight. And in the long term? I am a fan of Manchester United and Real Madrid. It would be great to play there someday.”

Then following Brighton’s 2-1 win over Arsenal last month, a game he bagged an assist in on his Premier League debut, he spoke about United again. Caicedo said one of his idols was Paul Pogba but the Frenchman is out injured at present. Despite that, he is likely to savour this upcoming match.

“To play in the Premier League in such an atmosphere was incredible for me, I felt really good,” he told BBC Sussex. “It was my dream to play in the Premier League and now I want to play every week, against good players and teams like Man City, Man United, and Arsenal.”

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