Manchester United have decided to end their pursuit of Mason Mount and redirect their focus towards Brighton & Hove Albion’s standout player, Moises Caicedo. According to The Times, United has identified Caicedo as their primary target in the midfield position.

This decision comes after Chelsea turned down United’s third bid for Mount, which amounted to £50 million plus £5 million in add-ons. The Blues responded with a counteroffer of £58 million plus £7 million in bonuses, but United has grown dissatisfied with the protracted negotiations.

Caicedo, who had an impressive season with Brighton, is heavily linked with a high-value transfer this summer. Although signing him would require a larger financial commitment compared to Mount, it would be a move that makes sense both tactically and financially.

Chelsea’s unwavering valuation of £65 million for a player with only one year remaining on his contract makes it challenging for United to meet their demands. Acquiring Caicedo would likely cost United at least £80 million, as he is considered one of the most promising young midfielders in the Premier League.

While the fee would be higher, Caicedo brings more value to United than Mount. He would provide a robust option as a backup to Casemiro in the defensive midfield position, a role that the English international is not accustomed to performing. Additionally, Caicedo could partner effectively with Casemiro in the number eight role for important matches, offering greater midfield stability if desired by manager Erik ten Hag.

Interestingly, Caicedo is also a top target for Chelsea, but United should aim to outmaneuver them in this transfer battle.