Moises Caicedo’s two idols may hint at next club amid Man Utd and Liverpool interest

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Brighton ace Moises Caicedo has hinted that he could favour a move to Manchester United over Liverpool after admitting he was a big fan of former Red Devils players Paul Pogba and Antonio Valencia. The 20-year-old has been tipped to move to one of the Premier League high-flyers before the transfer window shuts at the start of September.

“As a midfielder, Pogba was always my favourite player,” the Ecuador international said previously. “Manchester United was always my team because of Pogba and before that Valencia. He was a winger, then a right-back, and was strong, fast and very intelligent. He was the perfect player for the Premier League and if I can go on and enjoy a career like him, then it will be a dream.”

Caicedo joined Brighton from Independiente in his homeland in February 2021 and spent the first half of last season on loan at Belgian side Beerschot. But he returned to the south coast in January and started his side’s final eight Premier League games of the last campaign.

He started the Seagulls’ first two matches of the new season and impressed as his side beat Manchester United 2-1 at Old Trafford on opening weekend before battling to a 0-0 draw against Newcastle at the American Express Community Stadium last time out.

 

According to Ecuadorian outlet Studio Futbol, Caicedo has already turned down a move to Old Trafford in favour of signing for Liverpool. But his love of Pogba and Valencia may well suggest that he could yet decide to link-up with Erik ten Hag at United.

The Red Devils and Liverpool have both endured poor starts to the campaign, with United suffering a 4-0 thumping at the hands of Brentford after their reverse against Brighton. Jurgen Klopp’s side, meanwhile, have been held to draws by Fulham and Crystal Palace and have been hit by injuries to their midfield.

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Brighton boss Graham Potter clearly faces a battle to keep the ace, who has been capped 23 times by his country. But the 47-year-old admits the transfer speculation is part and parcel of life in the Premier League.

“He is a really humble person,” Potter said ahead of his side’s trip to West Ham on Sunday. “Loves playing football, is really low maintenance as a player, and just wants to join in football with his team-mates. He is really enjoying his football as you can imagine. He is only young but he has got such a high possibility. We love him here.

“In regards to speculation, it is what it is. When the transfer window is open you always get that stuff but he is really enjoying his football here and we are really enjoying having him.”

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