In a significant development in the Premier League transfer market, Chelsea is reportedly on the brink of securing a deal for Brighton’s in-demand midfielder, Moises Caicedo. The Ecuadorian international has been a target for several top-flight clubs, but Chelsea seems to have taken the lead in the race for his signature.
Chelsea’s interest in Caicedo has been long-standing, with the club’s scouts tracking the midfielder since his time in Ecuador with Independiente del Valle. The Blues are now in advanced talks with Caicedo’s representatives, and an agreement over personal terms is said to be close to finalisation.
Brighton, however, is not letting their star player go without a fight. The Seagulls are reportedly prepared to demand over £80m for Caicedo, a fee similar to that of West Ham United’s Declan Rice, who is also on Arsenal’s radar. Despite the hefty price tag, Chelsea appears undeterred and is keen to secure Caicedo’s services.
The move for Caicedo comes at a time when Chelsea is looking to bolster its midfield, with Mateo Kovacic expected to join Manchester City and N’Golo Kante nearing a move to Saudi Arabian champions Al-Ittihad. Caicedo, with his impressive skills and potential, could be the perfect addition to the Blues’ squad.
Meanwhile, Arsenal, who had previously shown interest in Caicedo, seems to have shifted their focus towards Rice and Chelsea forward Kai Havertz. This has allowed Chelsea to take advantage of the situation and move closer to signing Caicedo.
While the final terms of the deal are yet to be confirmed, this potential transfer could mark a significant shift in the Premier League landscape. With Caicedo’s potential arrival, Chelsea could significantly strengthen their squad and make a powerful statement in the transfer market.