United’s reluctance to get involved in the complicated deal seems to have backfired, with Caicedo now rated as one of the top young midfielders in Europe. Liverpool have been linked with the Ecuador international and Potter joked that the speculated £42m price tag would only be enough to acquire “one of his legs”.
Meanwhile, United have splashed out a record amount this summer on five new signings and a central midfielder was top of Erik ten Hag’s priorities. The Dutchman eventually signed Casemiro, a five-time Champions League winner with Real Madrid, for an initial £60m fee rising to £70m with add-ons.
While Casemiro brings leadership, experience and a winning mentality to the club, there may be some wondering whether the 30-year-old would have been purchased had United brought in Caicedo when they had the chance — thus saving them £65.5m in the process and giving them a huge prospect for the future.