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Manchester United’s Casemiro Dilemma Highlights Urgency for Erik ten Hag’s Transfer Priority, with Brighton Duo on the Radar

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Manchester United’s Casemiro Dilemma Highlights Urgency for Erik ten Hag’s Transfer Priority, with Brighton Duo on the Radar

Man United are reportedly interested in Moises Caicedo and Alexis MacAllister.

If Manchester United’s reported transfer targets are accurate, this summer appears to be one of major investment and excitement for fans.

Erik ten Hag is expected to sanction at least two major signings at Manchester United this summer, with a world-class goalscorer and a ball-playing No.8 at the top of his wish list. Given the uncertain futures of those currently in position, the Dutchman is open to improving across the board, with a new centre-back and right-back a possibility.

United appear to have cast a wide net, particularly in midfield, where everyone from Jude Bellingham to James Ward-Prowse is said to be interested. Moises Caicedo and Alexis Mac Allister of Brighton and Hove Albion were added to that list on Sunday morning by the Telegraph.

This season, the pair have formed one of the league’s best midfield units, with Caicedo sweeping up everything in his path and allowing Argentinian World Cup winner Mac Allister to advance the ball forward and create chances.

Two very different profiles suggest Ten Hag is interested in more than one midfield addition, but with Brighton demanding at least £70 million for each, a double-swoop will be difficult. Both signed new contracts this season, and the south coast club has repeatedly resisted approaches from the league’s elite.

Ten Hag would almost certainly be forced to choose which Seagull to pursue, and his team’s struggles without Casemiro suggest Caicedo should be the target.

The United midfielder is currently serving his second suspension for a red card, serving four games this time after a three-match absence in February. Despite Ten Hag’s assurances to the media, both periods saw a significant drop in midfield quality.

Bruno Fernandes excelled in a deeper role against Everton, but whether the Portuguese playmaker can perform in a similar role against top sides remains to be seen – he did well against Brentford, though Thomas Frank’s side were unusually passive.

At 31 years old, it is difficult to believe Casemiro will be a constant in the United team for many years to come, and his absence this season is proof for Ten Hag that other options are required. Scott McTominay is the only viable cover right now, and even he could leave come summer.

Christian Eriksen, on the other hand, had been an ever-present in the United team until a freak ankle injury caused by a dangerous tackle. United do require cover for the pair, but their top priority must be Casemiro competition.

When United plays Brighton twice in the next month, many eyes will be on Caicedo and Mac Allister, including those of United’s scouting team. The AMEX executives will see both games as a double-edged sword, needing their stars to perform but knowing that doing so will only increase interest.

United’s transfer budget will be limited this summer, regardless of who owns the club when the window opens. Ten Hag will have to narrow down his options, and if there is only room for one Brighton midfielder, Caicedo should be the one.

Manchester United’s Casemiro Dilemma Highlights Urgency for Erik ten Hag’s Transfer Priority, with Brighton Duo on the Radar

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