Man Utd outbid RB Leipzig to close in on first January signing

Manchester United have outbid RB Leipzig and AC Milan for Independiente del Valle midfielder Moises Caicedo, according to reports in Ecuador.

United are in advanced talks to sign the 19-year-old, who has quickly emerged as one of the brightest young prospects in South America.

Caicedo joined Independiente del Valle at the age of 13 and has quickly established himself as a first-team regular after making his senior debut last October.

According to Ecuador newspaper Diario Extra, United are ‘well advanced’ in the race to sign Caicedo after entering negotiations with Independiente del Valle.

The report claims that Caicedo has also attracted strong interest from RB Leipzig and AC Milan, but United have submitted the best offer so far.

Independiente del Valle are reportedly asking for an initial £5.5m fee plus add-ons and a 20 per cent sell-on clause.

Speaking earlier this month, Independiente del Valle’s general manager, Santiago Morales, revealed that Caicedo is expected to leave next month.

‘We have received an offer from a European club for Moises Caicedo, we are negotiating the proposal,’ said Morales.

‘It is most likely that he will not be in our team in 2021 due to the proposal we’ve received, it is very difficult to keep him.’

Caicedo has been capped four times by Ecuador and scored his first goal for his country in the 4-2 win over Uruguay in October.

In an interview last month, the 19-year-old named Manchester United and the Premier League as his ideal destination.

The midfielder also named Paul Pogba as one of the players he looks up to.

‘I really like the game of N’Golo Kante and Paul Pogba, I learn a lot from them every time I see them,’ he said. ‘I always try to do what they do.’

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