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Man Utd ‘done deal’ rubbished as £5m wonderkid joins Brighton instead

Manchester United look set to miss out to Brighton & Hove Albion in the race to sign Ecuadorian wonderkid Moises Caicedo.

Reports over the last few months appeared to suggest that the Red Devils had secured a deal for the 19-year-old midfielder.

But those claims have been rubbished by respected transfer guru Fabrizio Romano.

The Italian journalist has claimed that there was never a 'done deal' between United and Caicedo's club Independiente del Valle, and that Premier League leaders' interest 'never went beyond scouting' the youngster.

Caicedo will instead join Brighton & Hove Albion in a deal believed to be worth around £5m.

An agreement is said to have been reached between the two clubs, with the finishing touches being put to the players' contract.

The Santo-Domingo born star broke into the Independiente del Valle first-team at the end of 2019 and has not looked back since.

He has made 31 appearances in total for his boyhood team and contributed six goals and two assists across all competitions.

And while Caicedo may be only 19, he already has experience playing against some of the continent's finest players in the Copa Libertadores.

The midfielder's impressive club form has also seen him receive four international call-ups for Ecuador.

He made his debut in a 0-1 defeat to Argentina in October 2020 before scoring his first international goal four days later in a 4-2 success over Uruguay.

In doing so he became the first player born in the 21st century to score a goal in CONMEBOL World Cup qualifying.

That will impress Brighton coach Graham Potter, who has placed a great deal of trust in youth in his time as Seagulls boss.

Caicedo will not be the only South American on the south coast either.

The presence of Argentine youngster Alexis Mac Allister and Colombian forward Steven Alzate should help him settle in.

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