Reds Return To Battle for Brighton’s Bright Star Moises Caicedo
Liverpool Ready to Rival Chelsea for Brighton’s Gem
Reports from talkSPORT suggest that Liverpool are setting the stage to engage Chelsea in the chase for Brighton’s prime asset, Moises Caicedo. The Reds seem prepared to step into the competition if they lose both Fabinho and Jordan Henderson to Saudi clubs this summer, a possibility that is currently on the table.
Jurgen Klopp, the Liverpool gaffer, has been candid about his desire to renovate his midfield ahead of the next season. He paved the way for James Milner, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, and Naby Keita’s departures, leaving vacancies to fill in his squad.
Liverpool greeted the summer transfer window by bringing Alexis Mac Allister onboard from Brighton, swiftly followed by triggering a £60 million release clause for RB Leipzig’s Dominik Szoboszlai. Now, with the possible departure of Henderson and Fabinho to the Saudi Pro League, they are ready to delve into the market once more.
BREAKING: Liverpool will consider joining the race for Brighton’s Moises Caicedo if Jordan Henderson and Fabinho move to Saudi Arabia.
Chelsea are also keen on the midfielder, who the Seagulls value at £100m.
– talkSPORT sources understand
— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) July 14, 2023
Liverpool Back In The Race – Brighton’s Talisman Caicedo
As the tweet from talkSPORT suggests, if the two central figures leave Anfield, Liverpool will contemplate challenging Chelsea for Caicedo’s signature. The Blues are currently leading the race for the Ecuadorian ace, yet they have failed to seal a deal despite several weeks of talks.
Brighton’s asking price for Caicedo is set at a hefty £100 million, a figure they feel is justified after Arsenal splashed out £105 million on Declan Rice, a player they feel is on par with their 21-year-old prodigy. Chelsea tried to negotiate a £75 million deal, following the rejection of their initial £60 million verbal offer, but to no avail.
A Costly Race for Top Talent
Chelsea’s inability to secure Caicedo’s services has left the door ajar for Liverpool, who could potentially offer the high sum Brighton are hoping to secure for their prized asset. Yet, it’s still up in the air whether Liverpool is ready to splash such a significant figure, particularly as they withdrew from negotiations for Jude Bellingham due to similar financial demands.
The sales of Fabinho and Henderson, if concluded, should raise at least £50m for Liverpool, easing the financial burden of the transfer. Although Al Ettifaq had previously hoped to acquire Henderson for a minor fee, Liverpool would require a fitting price for their England international, who still has two years remaining on his Anfield contract.
Saudi Clubs Setting Sights on Liverpool’s Stars
On the other hand, Al Ittihad are eager to secure Fabinho’s signature swiftly, with a £40 million offer in the works for the Brazilian. Such an injection of funds would certainly support Liverpool in their quest to bring Caicedo on board, adding a new dynamic to the thrilling transfer market.
As the summer transfer window unfolds, it remains to be seen how the situation will evolve and which Premier League giant will ultimately secure the services of Brighton’s outstanding talent, Moises Caicedo.