Chelsea have reached an agreement with Brighton to sign Moises Caicedo in a deal worth £115million, including add-ons. The midfielder was highlighted as the Blues’ top target ahead of the summer transfer window and they are finally set to secure the signature of the playmaker, having hijacked Liverpool’s deal.
According to The Athletic, the Ecuador international will undergo his medical with Chelsea on Monday and the deal is expected to be finalised later that day and potentially announced. The midfielder has agreed on an eight-year deal with the club, with the option of a further year also available.
The Blues have spent the majority of the summer negotiating with Brighton for Caicedo, though appeared unwilling throughout to meet the Seagulls’ £100m valuation and saw several lower bids rejected as a result. However, the emergence of Liverpool as a concrete option for the 21-year-old sparked the Blues into forking out the required fee.
Jurgen Klopp’s side saw an £110m bid for Caicedo accepted on Thursday, though the player himself had his heart set on joining Chelsea and made that clear to all parties. Thus, Brighton entertained a fresh offer from Mauricio Pochettino’s side that would see them pocket a further £4m and also insert a sell-on clause into the players’ contract.
Chelsea also remain keen on signing Southampton’s Romeo Lavia this summer and the Belgian international will continue to be targeted, regardless of the acquisition of Caicedo. Similarly, Liverpool are also keen on the ex-Manchester City star and the two outfits are, once again, expected to battle it out for the midfielder.
Pochettino made it his mission to rebuild his midfield around fellow Argentine Enzo Fernandez this summer, with Mateo Kovacic and Mason Mount among the stars that were allowed to leave in order to raise funds. Thus, two further signings in that department should see Chelsea’s attention to divert to alternative targets – with another goalkeeper seen as an important signing now that Kepa Arrizabalaga’s loan move to Real Madrid is imminent.
Chelsea have already rejigged their ranks between the sticks this summer by signing Robert Sanchez from Brighton to replace Edouard Mendy, with a further £25m heading to the Amex Stadium for the Spanish international.