Moisés Caicedo to Manchester United?

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About a year and a half ago, Moises Caicedo played for Independiente del Valle in his native Ecuador, and made a name for himself as a skilled and physically versatile midfielder. As such, he was offered to Manchester United, who have been in desperate need of it since God was a boy, and Ole Gunnar Solskjær was eager, only for those above him to find the deal too complicated, demanding, as it did, the payment of money .

So Caicedo went to Brighton, whose dealers somehow navigated the agonizing path of handing over the asking price, and has been excellent ever since. He stood out in his new side’s 4-0 drubbing of United last season and also in their opening day win over them, so United are now looking to sign him in what will be another triumph for football’s most storied recruitment department. However, Arsenal, West Ham, Juventus, Atlético Madrid and Bayer Leverkusen are also monitoring the situation.

Nor is he United’s only target – they also feign interest in Espanyol Raúl de Tomás. Expect them to be enthusiastic until they discover that the price is determined, not by the buyer, but by the seller.

Meanwhile, the wise decision to first buy Cristiano Ronaldo, then keeping him against his will, continues to bear fruit. Ronaldo, it is said, taps Carrington with all his usual grace and humility, so United have offered him to both Milan clubs. Amazingly, neither is keen to upset the playing system or dressing room equilibrium of a former prima donna, so he remains at Old Trafford – at least until his contract is cancelled, which is the number of clubs who fancy him at the moment. zero, expected to increase.

But any discussion of United’s behavior should not distract us from Barcelona’s. They would like to get rid of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – Some might say they have no choice but to, given their overall debt and the wages owed to Frenkie de Jong – but have rejected a £12m bid from Chelsea. Meanwhile, Xavi is acting with all the sensible austerity of a man who spent six years playing and managing in Qatar, forcing Joan Laporta to resign – sorry, to terminate Lionel Messi from Paris Saint-Germain.

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But any discussion of Barcelona’s behavior should not distract us from Chelsea’s flaming cash despite replacing an owner who is one of the richest men in the world with an owner who wants to be a cosplay director of football. As well as offering Aubameyang, Todd Boehly is also interested in signing Anthony Gordon from Everton, while Everton would like to exempt Chelsea from Armando Broja – which they are reluctant to lose. All in a day’s work for an expert of Todd’s stature.

But any discussion of Barcelona and Chelsea’s behavior should not distract us from Nottingham Forest, who are busy replacing the squad that got them promoted with a squad of expensive coincidences – such activity has such a strong history of success. The last player they are concerned with is Houssem Aouar of Lyon, it seems, actually exists – like Leandro Damião and Nico Gaitán before him, he was strongly rumored to be a figment of the imagination of the now sensuous transfer window – but it now appears that he to ending is boring. on the way to the Premier League.

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