This summer has already seen plenty of huge stars move to the Premier League’s biggest clubs and Chelsea could see a £100m midfielder arrive at Stamford Bridge before the transfer window shuts.
In January, Chelsea and Arsenal competed to capture Moises Caicedo from Brighton, but neither London club was successful since the Seagulls demanded £100 million.
In order for the midfielder to switch clubs, that amount is still being demanded this summer, and according to Ben Jacobs, a transfer specialist, the Blues are pushing for the 21-year-old because they presently have a free run at the Brighton star.
Although there may yet be a twist, according to Jacobs, neither Chelsea nor the London club’s attempt to negotiate the £100 million asking price has seen any interest from Arsenal, Liverpool, or Manchester United in Caicedo.
Speaking exclusively on CaughtOffside’s Debrief podcast on Monday, Jacobs stated that Chelsea are pushing for Caicedo and currently have a free run at the Brighton midfielder.
“Chelsea are pushing, there is not necessarily a direct rival yet, but there could still be a twist and it will be interesting to see what the price is.
“We’re hearing at the Brighton end £100m+ but from my understanding, there is a verbal agreement between Caicedo and De Zerbi that says he can go for a fair offer and the Caicedo camp made it clear before he signed a new deal after January – that fair deal is basically the Tchouameni package and that is about £70m plus add-ons.
“I think Chelsea or another suitor might be able to get a deal there. Arsenal are not looking at Caicedo at this point but that could change if Granit Xhaka and Thomas Partey go and Manchester United were never realistically going to be able to come in for Caicedo.”