Brighton & Hove Albion has set a staggering price tag of over £100 million for their talented midfielder Moises Caicedo. The Ecuadorian international has been the subject of intense interest from Chelsea. Manchester United have entered the race for the talented midfielder as well as Arsenal who had previously attempted to sign Caicedo in January but faced rejections. Despite signing a contract extension with Brighton until 2027, Caicedo’s future remains uncertain.
Brighton Demands Hefty Price Tag for Caicedo
The valuation has influenced Brighton due to Declan Rice’s imminent move to Arsenal for £105 million. This new development poses a challenge for Chelsea, who were initially looking to secure Caicedo’s signature for around £80 million. Negotiations are ongoing, with both clubs seeking a compromise.
Chelsea has intensified their pursuit of Caicedo, engaging in frequent direct negotiations with Brighton. Talks between the two parties have been taking place daily since last Friday, according to transfer expert Fabrizio Romano. The parties have reached an agreement on a fixed fee of £80 million for the transfer. They are now discussing potential add-ons.
Manchester United will make a formal approach to Brighton for Caicedo after initiating an initial contact. However, Chelsea’s pursuit of Caicedo has been ongoing, and talks with Brighton are set to commence in the coming days. While personal terms are not expected to be a problem, Brighton is likely to drive a hard bargain to maximize their return.
The Old Trafford Dream and Potential Swap Deals
Caicedo has expressed his dream of playing for Manchester United, which poses a potential obstacle for Chelsea’s hopes of signing him. Chelsea has informed Brighton that they will not meet the asking price of over £100 million for Caicedo.
The potential fee for Caicedo’s transfer to Chelsea is estimated at £80 million, with additional add-ons. Close sources to Caicedo believe that his price should not exceed the amount Real Madrid paid for Aurelien Tchouameni (£86 million). Swap deals involving Brighton players, such as Armando Broja and Conor Gallagher, have been discussed.
Caicedo’s versatility as a midfielder and his ability to play multiple positions make him an attractive prospect. Brighton player Pervis Estupinan has expressed concern about Caicedo leaving the club, indicating that many teams would be interested in signing him. However, Estupinan believes that Caicedo’s departure is likely but he would be happy to continue playing alongside him if he stays.
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