Chelsea have sealed the signing of Moises Caicedo from Brighton on an eight-year contract. The Blues will shell out a British transfer record £115million fee for the Ecuadorian, having trumped Liverpool‘s successful bid in a breathless summer transfer battle.
Todd Boehly has snatched victory from the jaws of defeat when it comes to Caicedo. Last week, Liverpool looked to have won the race by offering £110m for the 21-year-old, which Brighton accepted.
However, the player’s preference has always been Stamford Bridge, where he has now signed a mammoth eight-year contract with the option for an extra year. Chelsea stormed back in to discuss a £115m proposal over the weekend, which eclipses the £107m they splashed on Enzo Fernandez back in January.
The club’s eye-watering transfer spending since Boehly and Clearlake Capital took over is now approaching £1billion across just three windows.
Caicedo was the subject of significant transfer interest in January and this summer following his mightily impressive season on the south coast. Brighton have turned a monster profit on the youngster, having signed him for just £4.5m back in 2021 from Independiente del Valle.
The Ecuadorian side will receive millions as part of Caicedo’s move to Chelsea, while the Seagulls have also secured a sell-on clause if the midfielder leaves the Blues over the coming years.
Speaking after his record move, Caicedo said: “I am so happy to join Chelsea! I am so excited to be here at this big club and I didn’t have to think twice when Chelsea called me, I just knew I wanted to sign for the club. It’s a dream come true to be here and I can’t wait to get started with the team.”
Following the confirmation of Caicedo’s move, Brighton technical director David Weir said: “Chelsea are getting one of the top midfielders in the world. Moises has been one of our exceptional players over the past 18 months. We’d like to thank him for his performances for us, which helped this team to two record finishes in the Premier League, and we wish him well for the future.”