Moisés Caicedo has been heavily linked with a move to Manchester United for the past week or so.

Last weekend, journalist Marco Lopez Castillo reported the Red Devils had set up a meeting regarding signing the Independiente del Valle player.

Earlier this week, El Diario Expreso and Diario Extra reported the Old Trafford club have put more money of the table to beat competition from the likes of AC Milan and RB Leipzig.

Santiago Morales, the general manager of the Ecuadorian club admitted there’s a lot of interest from Europe in signing the midfielder and also opened the door for his departure in the winter market.

“There is a lot of interest from European teams. We’re in conversation with a team, surely, we will not have him for 2021. For other players we haven’t had offers,” Morales told El Comercio.

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Two days ago, journalist Jorge Baravalle claimed issues related to obtaining a work permit to play in England need to be sorted out to complete the deal, while Diario Expreso reported on Thursday that Independiente del Valle have adapted a strategy, which is to ‘avoid pronouncing itself or saying that there was an approach’ for Caicedo.

Marco Lopez Castillo tweeted on Thursday stating a work permit is the ‘main obstacle’ for the Ecuador international to arrive at United, and the 19-year-old ‘can pass this main obstacle’.

Alfredo Pedullà states Giocondo Martorelli had a mandate for Italy, from Independiente del Valle and the teenager’s agent, Ricardo Pachon.

However, several clubs in Italy have rejected the opportunity to sign Caicedo, mainly because the fee of around €6-7m (worth noting Ecuadorian media stated price tag was around $6m) is ‘not a bargain’ for Italian clubs.

Manchester United, however, think otherwise, and according to Pedullà, the operation is in the final stretch.

Although there’s been several explanations on why the deal isn’t completed yet, United remaining in pole position to sign Caicedo has been the common theme in all of these reports.