Manchester United look to have missed out on Ecuador sensation Moises Caicedo as Brighton close in on the South American sensation.
The Seagulls plan to spend £4.5m on the 19-year-old and could loan him out to gain first-team experience.
United were at the front of the queue for him, with the player even admitting he supported the Red Devils.
But will Ole Gunnar Solskjaer 's side rue missing out on the youngster, who has already impressed on the international stage.
Former Ecuadorian footballers Juan Carlos Burbano and Anfredo Encalada have both outlined what United will be missing by not signing Caicedo this January.
“He has a good biotype, strength, power, he stands up very well on the pitch. He has a good shot and passes. It will favour him to go to the Premier for his game,” Barbano told Ecuadorian outlet Extra.
“Moisés is a boy who’s shown unusual maturity, he gives the pattern that he has great emotional control that is key in high competition. He’s totally different from many players, he has a great personality,” adds Encalada.
“He’s an intelligent footballer, he reads the game well and is physically strong.”
Caicedo featured in four World Cup qualifying matches last year, registering three assists and a goal across three victories.
“He’s shown that the pressure doesn’t affect him, he did it at the national team," Barbano continued.
"He’s come out ahead with La Tri in a competition as strong as in the qualifying rounds and has been a figure in Independiente in decisive matches.”
United opened negotiations with Caicedo's people last year.
But before the Red Devils made their move, they asked former club captain Antonio Valencia for his opinion on the 19-year-old.
The United hero told his former club he felt Caicedo had true potential and had been impressed watching him play for Ecuador's senior side, despite his age, according to the Athletic.