BRIGHTON have launched a bid for Ecuador wonderkid Moises Caicedo, reports say.
Caicedo has attracted attention from Chelsea, Manchester United, West Ham and Everton.
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But according to Fabrizio Romano, Brighton are the first to make an official move for the 19-year-old
Ecuadorian side Independiente del Valle are said to be open to selling the player, with Albion now set to move to personal terms.
It was understood the club were looking for a £5.5million transfer fee plus add-ons, as well as a 20 per cent sell-on clause.
Caicedo's manager Santiago Morales recently denied that United have made a move for the midfielder – but admitted he was likely to leave.
Morales told Radio La Red: "There is interest from various teams for Moises Caicedo and we believe that we will not have him this year.
"There is much speculation with Moises Caicedo, but we haven’t had any communication with Manchester United.
"We are surprised that they even talk about values, but we haven’t spoken with Manchester United, although we have spoken with other great teams in the world."
Despite Brighton moving to pole position in the race to sign Caicedo, the young talent admitted he looks up to United's Paul Pogba and Chelsea's N'Golo Kante.
He said: "Manchester United are my favourite club.
"I really like the game of N’Golo Kante and Paul Pogba, I learn a lot from them every time I see them.
"I always try to do what they do, that’s why they are there.”
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