Liverpool have reached an agreement with Brighton to sign Moises Caicedo for a fee of £110 million, which would break the current British transfer record.
According to David Ornstein, personal terms are almost completed and the medical is planned for Friday.
Brighton held an auction for the Ecuadorian midfielder using midnight as a deadline for interested clubs, where the Reds came up with the highest bid and beating Chelsea’s £100million and Bayern Munich’s £90million proposals for the 21-year-old midfielder.
The youngster will overtake Chelsea’s Enzo Fernandez as the most expensive British transfer of all time, which was a £105 million move from Benfica.
Caicedo will link-up with his former teammate, Alexis Mac Allister, who also joined the Reds in a £35 million move earlier in the summer transfer window.
The move sees Liverpool’s summer spending move up to around £205 million, with Dominik Szobozslai also making a £60 million move from RB Leipzig in July.
In terms of outgoings, Caicedo will come into the midfield to replace the departing Jordan Henderson and Fabinho who left the club for combined fees of £52million.
Caicedo is naturally a defensive midfielder, who often is deployed at the base of a midfield three which is the key issue that needs solving in Liverpool’s squad.
The Ecuadorian international was a standout performer in Brighton’s European qualification last season, featuring on 43 occasions for the Seagulls across all competitions.
Despite only being 21 years old, Caicedo is a well-experienced player with 32 caps to his name as well as 106 club appearances. 53 of which came for Brighton since his move in January 2021.
A crazy 24 hours:
In recent history, there have been many chaotic moments when it comes to transfer business but the past 24 hours may top the lot.
This time yesterday the fanbase descended into chaos as it looked like Chelsea were about to hijack Liverpool’s priority midfield target in Romeo Lavia.
#FSGOUT was number one on trending last night, with 21.2k tweets as the Reds’ summer seemed to be spiraling into bitter disappointment.
Then in true Liverpool fashion, the Reds and their new sporting director Jorg Schmadtke smash this signing out of the park out of nowhere.
The move for Lavia was often described as messy and unlike Liverpool’s usual business, but perhaps we now know why.
Have the Reds used Lavia as a pawn in their game, or are Liverpool still interested in the 19-year-old once completing the signing of Caicedo?
All of these questions will be answered over the next few days, but one thing that looks increasingly certain is that Moises Caicedo will be a Liverpool player before Sunday’s game against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.