Brighton ‘expect Moises Caicedo to REMAIN after the transfer window closes’ as Chelsea show interest and Seagulls ‘believe no club will match their £105m worth’
Brighton are reportedly expecting Moises Caicedo to remain at the club even after the transfer window closes, despite close ties to the Premier League rivals.
The midfielder has been the focus of fevered interest from clubs like Liverpool and Chelsea and the Blues have been keen to secure the Ecuadorian’s services.
Four offers for the midfielder have been rejected at Chelsea, the most recent being valued at £80m, but the Seagulls promptly rejected the offer from Mauricio Pochettino’s club.
The 21-year-old had signed a new four-year deal with the south coast club back in January amid a strong showing in the Premier League, but it is believed the player has been assured he could leave Roberto De Zerbi’s side if so should this be the case the right offer comes in.
According to Sky Sports, Brighton have not received any offers remotely close to the player’s £105million value and the Seagulls don’t believe there will be any as the window of opportunity begins to close.
Brighton could hold on to Moises Caicedo should neither club reach their stratospheric rating
Mauricio Pochettino is keen to lure the talented midfielder to Stamford Bridge next season
But Roberto De Zerbi is keen to continue working with the player – although the manager has stated the club would sign an equally strong player should he leave
The club are said to be happy with Caicedo’s attitude during the negotiations and should he stay at Brighton he would likely play an important role in the starting XI as the side compete in European football for the first time in their history.
But the player could yet move from the Amex – if not to Stamford Bridge – after an unnamed Saudi Pro League club opened talks with Brighton on Wednesday.
Plenty of Premier League stars have already been lured to the kingdom’s burgeoning league during a frenzied transfer window, including Jordan Henderson, Ruben Neves and a host of Chelsea stars including Kalidou Koulibaly and N’Golo Kante.
The financial constraints faced by clubs involved in the competition have sparked fears among managers in the English top flight that key players are turning their backs on them. Jurgen Klopp has urged FIFA to take action to bridge the three-week transfer deadline for Saudi Arabia with the European window closing on September 1.
Chelsea are understood to be preparing a fifth bid in the Caicedo pursuit to complete an attack on the Premier League rivals.
Chelsea have once again slammed the south coast club in their agreement to sign Robert Sanchez
But Brighton were unable to force a reverse deal after Chelsea signed their loanee Levi Colwill on a six-year contract this week
On Thursday, the Blues agreed with the club on a £25m deal for disgraced goalkeeper Robert Sanchez and have left-back Marc Cucurella, former manager Graham Potter and Paul Winstanley – now assistant coach – in previous transfer windows taken over by Chelsea -Sporting Director alongside Laurence Stewart.
Following the departure of Champions League winner Eduoard Mendy to Al-Ahli, Sanchez is expected to provide competition for current No. 1 Kepa Arrizabalaga.
The Spaniard was keen to end his time at Brighton after falling out with De Zerbi, who promoted Jason Steele in his place at the end of his final season.
For his part, Brighton’s Player of the Season is aiming for a permanent transfer and Caicedo is said to have told his colleagues at the club’s awards ceremony this week.