Arsenal’s pursuit of one of their key summer targets appears to be coming to an end as London rivals Chelsea have emerged as the frontrunners. The Gunners have been active in the transfer market, securing signings such as Kai Havertz, Declan Rice, and Jurrien Timber for a substantial combined fee of £200 million. While only the Havertz deal has been officially announce so far. The remaining transfers are expected to follow suit.
However, considering the significant financial outlay, Arsenal now face the challenge of balancing their books before committing to further expenditures. As part of this process, Granit Xhaka has been given to Bayer Leverkusen for £20 million. With the potential departure of a few more peripheral players. Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta aims to reinforce the midfield by bringing in another midfielder.
Renowned transfer expert Fabrizio Romano has provided an update on Arsenal’s pursuit of long-term target Moises Caicedo. Romano suggests that the chances of the Ecuadorian midfielder joining the Emirates Stadium are diminishing. As Chelsea has now emerged as a potential destination. According to Romano’s tweet, Chelsea and Brighton are currently in discussions to finalize the details of the transfer. Particularly the in fix fee involves in the deal.
Chelsea and Caicedo
According to The Athletic, Arsenal had expressed interest in acquiring the services of Moises Caicedo towards the end of the January transfer window. However, the midfielder decided to sign a new contract with Brighton, likely as a means to protect his market value. Reports suggest that the new deal may include a release clause to facilitate a potential transfer in the future.
Although Mikel Arteta has strengthened his midfield options with the addition of Kai Havertz. There is still a potential need for a more defensive-minded alternative. If Arteta intends to pursue Caicedo, time is of the essence as he must first offload players to generate funds. The acquisition of Caicedo could potentially require a significant financial commitment, possibly exceeding £100 million. Notably, Fabrizio Romano has confirmed that Chelsea has already agreed on personal terms with the player, and now only the transfer fee remains to be finalized.
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