“We’re also realistic to know there is interest in him. As a young man, that interest is inevitably going to have an impact on your thought process and unsettle you a little bit. We understand that.
“But for now, he’s a Brighton player, he’s under contract. We expect him to work hard, prepare for the new season and we’ll see what happens as the window goes on.”
The Ecuadorian’s desire to join them should help move negotiations along and the club’s sporting directors Paul Winstanley and Laurence Stewart may decide to wait until the opportune time to submit their proposal.
After all, it worked with Sanchez and the club were able to save £45m from that deal. Now they can put the money to good use by increasing their bid for Caicedo to get Pochettino the player he has been crying out for since he took the job.