Chelsea Football Club is undergoing significant changes in their midfield this summer, with several key players departing the team. Notable departures include Mateo Kovacic, who moved to Manchester City, and Mason Mount, who controversially switched to Manchester United. Kai Havertz and N’Golo Kante have also left the club, with the latter joining Al Ittihad on a free transfer.
Additionally, Omari Hutchinson has joined Ipswich Town on a season-long loan, and Cesare Casadei is expected to secure a loan move. Conor Gallagher is also likely to find a new club during the transfer window. As these players leave, questions arise about the current state of Chelsea’s midfield.
Chelsea has been actively pursuing Brighton’s talented midfielder, Moises Caicedo, but talks have hit a roadblock in recent weeks. According to reports from The Top Flight, Brighton manager Roberto De Zerbi stated that Caicedo will stay at the club until the owner changes his mind.
While it may be too early to completely rule out Chelsea’s pursuit of Moises Caicedo. There is a growing frustration between the two clubs. The Guardian now reports that discussions have fully stalled due to Brighton’s insistence on including Levi Colwill in any potential deal for Caicedo. Furthermore, Chelsea is unwilling to meet Brighton’s lofty transfer price of £100 million for the talented midfielder.
Chelsea looking to bolster their Midfield
According to the Evening Standard, Chelsea’s manager Mauricio Pochettino is keen to bolster the midfield by adding two more players to the squad. As of now, the only midfielders expected to start the season with the club are Enzo Fernandez, Andrey Santos, and Carney Chukwuemeka. While Moises Caicedo remains the top priority, the club has shortlisted two young midfielders as alternative transfer targets.
One of the potential options is Southampton’s Romeo Lavia, whom Chelsea has been closely monitoring. The club had a £50 million bid for Lavia rejected back in January. And they might revisit the pursuit if the negotiations for Caicedo don’t progress. The other target on Chelsea’s radar is Celta Vigo’s Gabri Veiga, who has a release clause of £34 million. Veiga is known for his attacking prowess and could serve as a direct replacement for the departed Mason Mount.
The next course of action for Chelsea hinges on how willing Brighton is to negotiate on the Caicedo deal. If the talks remain at a standstill before the start of the season. Chelsea may shift their focus towards securing the services of players like Lavia and Veiga.
As Chelsea grapples with a midfield exodus, the pursuit of Moises Caicedo faces difficulties due to stalled talks. However, the club remains determined to strengthen the midfield and has identified Southampton’s Romeo Lavia and Celta Vigo’s Gabri Veiga as potential options. The upcoming weeks will be crucial in determining Chelsea’s midfield composition for the forthcoming season.
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