Arsenal Newsnow: Chelsea is interested in signing highly sought-after midfielder Moises Caicedo. Reports indicate that Arsenal will shortly make a more competitive offer of £65 million
Arsenal Newsnow: It has been reported by Football Insider that Arsenal would offer £65 million in an attempt to capture Moises Caicedo. The much sought-after Ecuadorian midfielder has shown interest in playing for another club. But Arsenal’s London rivals Chelsea have also shown interest in signing him. After signing with Brighton & Hove Albion, Moises Caicedo quickly rose to prominence as a Premier League midfield stalwart. After a slow start, the 21-year-old has emerged as a key player for the Seagulls.
The Ecuadorian international has played in 31 games for Brighton this season, contributing two goals and three assists. The improvement of Caicedo has not gone ignored, though, as he has been courted by a number of prestigious teams. Also, both Arsenal and Chelsea are interested in bringing the player aboard.
Arsenal Newsnow: About the report
Mikel Arteta has long desired to add a world-class holding midfielder to Arsenal’s roster. This is because Albert Sambi Lokonga is a hot and cold winger. Mohamed Elneny is simply an insurance policy. For this reason, Arsenal should consider signing Caicedo. The Gunners made an offer of £60 million on Friday to sign the 21-year-old.
However, Brighton quickly shot down the deal, demanding considerably larger cash in exchange for the talented midfielder. However, Caicedo has publicly stated his desire to switch to Arsenal and asked Brighton for a transfer on Friday night. The Ecuadorian midfielder is also of interest to Chelsea.
I am grateful to Mr. Bloom and Brighton for giving me the chance to come to the Premier League and I feel I have always done my best for them. I always play football with a smile and with heart.
I am the youngest of 10 siblings from a poor upbringing in Santa Domingo in Ecuador. pic.twitter.com/QLiDyDrTGo
— Moisés Caicedo (@MoisesCaicedo55) January 27, 2023
Recently, Brighton also rejected an offer from Chelsea to sell their star player. With Jorginho and N’Golo Kante’s futures in doubt, the Blues need to add a new midfielder to their roster. And Caicedo has risen to become Chelsea’s most pressing January transfer target. However, Arsenal is poised to make a bid of £65 million, leaving the west Londoners in the dust.
What’s next for the Gunners?
Despite being valued at £65 million, the alleged bid may still fall short of Brighton’s asking price. But the Seagulls will have to wait until the conclusion of the transfer season in January before they can use Caicedo again. With Arsenal and Chelsea reportedly interested, it will be intriguing to see whether he has played his last game for Brighton.
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