Chelsea would have to make Brighton & Hove Albion a “silly offer” to sign Moises Caicedo this month, Daily Express journalist Ryan Taylor told GIVEMESPORT.
Caicedo has been the subject of much interest from Premier League sides, but Taylor does expect Chelsea to keep pushing for his signature.
Chelsea transfer news – Moises Caicedo
It’s already been a busy January at Stamford Bridge. The successful capture of Noni Madueke from PSV Eindhoven for £29 million took Chelsea’s winter spending spree close to £200 million (Sky Sports).
That’s on top of the £250 million new owner Todd Boehly splashed on players in the summer, meaning their total spend for the season comes close to £450 million.
Remarkable figures, but not least because there are suggestions Chelsea could still bring more players through the door before the January window slams shut.
Reliable Chelsea journalist Simon Phillips recently told GMS that the Blues were eyeing up a winter move for Brighton’s 21-year-old midfield maestro Caicedo.
According to Phillips, Chelsea are unlikely to sign the Ecuadorian for anything less than £75 million, with other reports suggesting a deal could be struck up for £65 million.
Caicedo, who joined Brighton from Independiente del Valle for £4.5 million on Deadline Day in 2021, has impressed for the Seagulls, having initially been given his Premier League debut by current Chelsea boss Graham Potter.
According to The Athletic, Chelsea have already seen a £55 million bid rejected this month, with Brighton insisting the midfielder isn’t for sale.
Are Chelsea likely to sign Caicedo in January?
It’s no secret Chelsea are after a midfield addition. An Athletic report from the beginning of the month claimed World Cup superstar Enzo Fernandez was their primary target, with Caicedo on the list of alternatives.
However, unlike Fernandez, Caicedo does boast experience playing in England’s top flight, having featured 26 times in the division for Brighton.
What’s more, Caicedo’s disruptive skillset could be crucial to Chelsea, as they look to get their season back on track, with the Ecuadorian averaging just under three tackles per game (WhoScored).
With Jorginho tipped to leave Chelsea on a free transfer at the end of the season and N’Golo Kanté having struggled for fitness, Caicedo would certainly fit the bill for what Potter is after at Stamford Bridge.