Moises Caicedo is being considered as an alternative midfield target for Manchester United this summer, with the potential to choose from several vacant squad numbers if he joins the club.
While Mason Mount remains the priority target, United’s bids have been repeatedly rejected by Chelsea, leading to growing frustration. Caicedo, valued at around £80 million, is seen as a different deal due to his age and contract status.
If Caicedo makes the move to Old Trafford, he could have the opportunity to select from various available squad numbers:
No.4: With Phil Jones leaving the club after 12 years, the No.4 shirt, previously worn by Owen Hargreaves, could be an option for Caicedo. However, Raphael Varane might also be interested in that number if he joins.
No.7: The iconic No.7 shirt, previously worn by Cristiano Ronaldo, is available. United is considering giving it to Alejandro Garnacho, which would free up his current No.49.
No.13: Historically worn by Park Ji-sung, this number has often been given to reserve goalkeepers in recent times.
No.15: Marcel Sabitzer, who arrived on loan, took the No.15 shirt, but it’s likely to be available for new signings in midfield.
No.24: The closest option to Caicedo’s current No.25 at Brighton is the No.24, previously worn by Darren Fletcher.
No.31: Associated with reserve goalkeepers, it has also been worn by central midfielders like Nemanja Matic, Bastian Schweinsteiger, and Marouane Fellaini.
No.38: Currently held by Axel Tuanzebe, it will be available when his contract expires at the end of the month.
Additionally, potential player sales could open up more numbers, with Harry Maguire, Eric Bailly, Alex Telles, Brandon Williams, and Anthony Martial being mentioned as potential departures.