Chelsea decide on making new Moises Caicedo transfer bid after £70m Arsenal offer snubbed | Football | Sport

Chelsea are unlikely to re-enter negotiations for Brighton midfielder Moises Caicedo following Arsenal had a £70million bid turned down by the Seagulls. The Blues have been actively looking to bolster Graham Potter’s squad this thirty day period, as Mykhaylo Mudryk, Noni Madueke, Joao Felix, Benoit Badiashile, Andrey Santos and David Datro Fofana all joined in January but a midfielder remains the present priority.

Chelsea did take a look at the waters with Brighton and provided £55m for Caicedo, who later produced a public transfer plea on social media and referred to as for his club to allow him leave this thirty day period. Arsenal have also experienced two offers turned down quickly in recent times, though the west Londoners continue to be lurking in the shadows.

On the other hand, Potter’s outfit at this time have other transfers in intellect. Chelsea are hoping to wrap up a deal for Benfica’s Enzo Fernandez ahead of the window closes, as they could be pressured to pay his £105m launch clause, getting resumed negotiations with Benfica as they walked away from talks previously in the window.

The Portuguese side have been adamant that Fernandez will only leave if his launch clause is activated, even though Chelsea are reportedly willing to give the cost in instalments. Transfer specialist Fabrizio Romano has claimed that the Blues are only targeted on Fernandez, shutting down speak that they could bid the moment yet again for Caicedo.

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Brighton boss Roberto De Zerbi admitted that though he would like to maintain the 21-calendar year-aged, he is prepared to go without him if a go does materialise.

“I would like that he can complete the period with us but we are prepared to go ahead with no him,” De Zerbi explained just after Sunday’s 2-1 gain in excess of Liverpool in the FA Cup.

“I can have an understanding of him because when you are 21, and you obtain the request of a significant, major crew that are enjoying in Europe. I can realize… Caicedo is a incredibly, extremely great person. I was shocked (by his assertion) but I can fully grasp where by it began. I you should not know if you realize, but Moises is a very good man.”