Chelsea’s £80 million offer to recruit Moises Caicedo from Brighton and Hove Albion was unsuccessful
The Athletic claims that Chelsea want to sign the 21-year-old midfielder this summer but have not yet been able to reach an agreement with the Seagulls. On Thursday, the Chelsea offer was declined.
Chelsea might have to fork over a sum that is comparable to what Arsenal paid for Declan Rice because Brighton appears to be expecting a premium for their top prospect.
Brighton has set a price for the Ecuadorian player based on past high-profile midfield acquisitions. Caicedo is incredibly gifted and has a promising future. He might make a great long-term replacement for N’Golo Kanté, a club legend.
The club will need to find a suitable replacement for the French international who left the team earlier this summer. It will be interesting to see whether Chelsea can persuade Brighton to accept their offer since someone like Caicedo would be a good, long-term investment. The teenage midfielder would undoubtedly be attracted by the chance to sign with a prestigious organisation like Chelsea.
During the January transfer window, the player was interested in moving to Arsenal, but the Seagulls persuaded him to stay at the team and sign a new contract with them. There is no urgency on Brighton to sell Caicedo this summer because he has a long-term deal there. There is little doubt that Chelsea will have to spend a fortune to retain his services in the upcoming weeks.