Moises Caicedo has just turned down the chance to go to Liverpool despite the Reds agreeing to a £111m fee with Brighton.
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Caicedo Loyalty wants to join Chelsea who have been pursuing him all summer; the Blues working on a £115m British record transfer deal to sign the 21-year-old.
Caicedo wants to move to Stamford Bridge after turning down the chance to join Liverpool, despite the Reds agreeing a British record £111m fee with Brighton.
Chelsea had been prepared to offer £100m for the 21-year-old but are now working on upping their bid to £115m.
The move for Caicedo to the Bridge would break the British transfer record fee paid by the Blues who paid £106.8m for midfielder Enzo Fernandez from Benfica in January.
Liverpool agree £111m fee with Brighton for Ecuador midfielder Moises Caicedo
Liverpool yesterday had agreed a British record transfer fee of £111m with Brighton for midfielder Moises Caicedo.
However, The Blues are now trying to secure a deal for the Ecuador international despite Brighton rejecting a succession of bids from the club earlier in the summer.
Astonishingly, the 21-year-old’s preference would be to move to Stamford Bridge.
Brighton had set a fee in excess of £100m for Caicedo and had said they felt no one would reach it. Chelsea are believed to have bid £80m previously.
Seagulls boss Roberto de Zerbi said:
“I have already forgotten about Moises,” De Zerbi told a news conference. “I’m really proud of the players we have in the squad.
“We want to keep improving. The credit goes to the club. Bigger clubs can buy our players but they can’t buy our soul or spirit.
“We are Brighton, we achieved a big target last year – the same as Liverpool, better than Chelsea. I would like players who are proud to play in Brighton.”
Liverpool lost midfielders Jordan Henderson and Fabinho to the Saudi Pro League last month but signed Caicedo’s Brighton team-mate Alexis Mac Allister in June for £35m.
Former Reds captain Henderson, 33, joined Al-Ettifaq in a deal worth £12m plus add-ons, while 29-year-old Brazilian Fabinho switched to Al-Ittihad for £40m.