Manchester United have shelved plans to sign Ecuador international Moises Caicedo this month following complex discussions.
The MEN understands talks over a move for Caicedo, 19, were compromised by the involvement of various intermediaries and a source told the MEN the deal became ‘too messy’ for United to proceed.
Another source revealed Caicedo was willing to work with whoever could engineer a transfer to United and described negotiations as a ‘clusterf—‘. United were wary of the number of intermediaries at an early stage of discussions.
The MEN reported last month United were working on a €6million deal for Independiente del Valle midfielder Caicedo but that claims in his homeland of an ‘official’ deal were inaccurate.
United have decided to pursue the highest-rated teenage talents around the world, having previously preferred to focus on long-term targets aged between 23 and 28. Caicedo only turned 19 in November but made his Ecuador debut in October and has attained four caps.
Amad Diallo completed his move to United from Atalanta last week for a fee rising to £37m to become the first player to be signed and registered in the UK under the new post-Brexit rules. United agreed a deal for Diallo on deadline day in the summer window and his governing body exemption (GBE) from the Football Association could only be processed from January 1 onwards.
United prepared the paperwork for Diallo in advance and submitted it just after midnight on New Year’s Day, gaining approval on the same day.
Uruguayan teenager Facundo Pellistri, 19, also signed for United on deadline day and was an unused substitute in their Champions League wins over Paris Saint-Germain and Istanbul Basaksehir. Pellistri has played eight times for the reserves, scoring three goals.