Chelsea want Moises Caicedo and are now understood to have held talks to beat Newcastle United to the Brighton and Hove Albion talent.
The Blues have already raided Brighton for boss Graham Potter as well as his coaching team of Bjorn Hamberg, Billy Reid and Bruno Saltor Grau.
Brighton will of course be fearing more attempted raids from Chelsea with Potter no doubt interested in reuniting with some of his former players.
Winger Leandro Trossard continues to be linked and it’s only a few months since Marc Cucurella traded the Amex Stadium for Stamford Bridge.
CHELSEA WANT MOISES CAICEDO
Midfielder Moises Caicedo could now be a top target for Chelsea ahead of January.
The Ecuadorian midfielder has emerged as a real Premier League star and the heartbeat of the Brighton engine room.
Caicedo, 21, joined Brighton from Independiente del Valle back in February 2021 and has nailed down a first-team role in 2022 after a loan spell in Belgium with Beerschot.
Hailed as ‘incredible’ by Brighton teammate Adam Webster, Caicedo has been earning huge praise this season.
The problem for Brighton is the interest that comes with that and Chelsea appear to be positioning themselves for a deal.
The Sunday Mirror (06/11, p78) report that Chelsea have advanced their interest in Caicedo by opening talks with Brighton.
It’s suggested that Potter wants to reunite with Caicedo and Chelsea are speaking to Brighton about what could be a very expensive deal.
The report claims that Brighton want a staggering £85million for Caicedo and Chelsea will now face a huge bill.
Chelsea want Caicedo as an heir to N’Golo Kane in midfield though and may well be willing to spend on a player Potter knows very well.
This comes just a week after The Mirror claimed that Newcastle United are very interested in signing Caicedo.
Former Brighton technical director Dan Ashworth is now calling the shots at Newcastle and wants to sign Caicedo again.
Beating Chelsea won’t be easy though and it still feels unlikely that Newcastle will drop £85million on one signing despite their riches.