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Solskjaer seeks Antonio Valencia transfer advice on No.1 Man Utd target

Manchester United’s season has gone from on the verge of crisis, to a genuine title tilt in what appears a matter of weeks.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side have won six of their last seven Premier League games and haven’t tasted defeat since a dismal reversal against Arsenal on November 1.

But their upturn in form has seen them move up the table, to find themselves just five points behind league leaders Liverpool, having played one game fewer.

And with the January window set to open in just over a week, there are hopes that Solskjaer could add some extra quality to his squad.

Ed Woodward has confirmed that the United boss will be backed in the transfer market, although he has suggested that their long-term approach will involve the summer windows.

Reports have claimed that United see the January market as ‘fool’s gold’, particularly in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.

Earlier this year, the Red Devils signed Bruno Fernandes in a deal that transformed fortunes at Old Trafford.

In 2021, a transfer of that magnitude appears unlikely, but they could look to continue their policy of signing some of the most exciting youngsters in world football.

Amad Diallo and Facundo Pellistri were both signed during the summer, with the former expected to join his new teammates at the start of the new year.

That policy looks set to continue, with United scouts eyeing a move for highly-rated midfielder Moises Caicedo.

United are in the market for a long-term replacement for Nemanja Matic as evidenced by their almost year-long pursuit of Jude Bellingham.

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Caicedo has enjoyed an impressive rise at both club and international level, netting one goal and three assists in just four appearances for Ecuador.

The Athletic claim that Solskjaer has leaned on the advice of United legend Antonio Valencia, who has offered a glowing report of his compatriot.

Valencia’s verdict has seemingly been the deciding factor with the MEN reporting a £4.5million deal with Independienete del Valle close.

Reports in Ecuador suggested a deal had been made official and while that claim appears premature, negotiations are said to be ‘ongoing’.

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