Chelsea set to hijack Man Utd move for South American midfield destroyer

By | January 23, 2021

Chelsea are the latest club to express an interest in 19-year-old Ecuadorian prodigy Moises Caicedo, who is also eyed by Manchester United.

The Red Devils have been believed to be ‘leading the race’ for the Independiente del Valle whizkid, who is already a full international at senior level and is expected to command a sum of close to £4.5m.

He is a United fan and is likely to be keen on a switch to Old Trafford, but the Daily Mail believe Frank Lampard’s side are considering offering the player the chance to head to Stamford Bridge instead.

Chelsea scouts have been monitoring Moises for some time and club officials are said to have held negotiations with intermediaries about potentially launching an offer for the promising teenager.

The talented midfielder is also interesting the likes of Brighton and Newcastle, while there is also understood to be interest from mainland Europe, where AC Milan and RB Leipzig have been named as potential suitors.

Under Frank Lampard, the Blues have built a reputation for bringing young players into the senior team, with the likes of Reece James, Mason Mount and Tammy Abraham all blossoming into stars under Frank’s tutelage, and that pathway to the first team could be more appealing for Moises.

Meanwhile, Napoli have joined Inter Milan in the race to land Emerson Palmieri, according to a report from Forza Italian Football.

Chelsea could look to sell the left-back in the January transfer market with Lampard needing to trim his over-sized squad.

And a bidding war between the two Serie A clubs for Emerson’s services would help bring in funds for the Blues’ own recruitment plans.