Reports suggest that Moises Caicedo, the talented Brighton midfielder, has reached an agreement with Arsenal, although he remains uncertain about his future destination.
Caicedo, the Ecuadorian international, played a crucial role in Brighton’s successful season, helping them secure a sixth-place finish and qualification for European football. Despite intense interest from Arsenal in January, he chose to sign a new contract with Brighton instead of moving across London. Follow your favourite Premier League team with attractive football betting odds from Nextbet.
However, speculations about the 21-year-old’s future have persisted, as he has openly expressed his desire to play in the UEFA Champions League. While Mikel Arteta and Arsenal are actively pursuing him, Chelsea and Liverpool have also joined the race, despite their own failures to secure top-four finishes.
According to Ecuadorian media outlet Teradeportes, Caicedo is considering his options, but Arsenal’s qualification for the Champions League has put them in the lead and led to an agreement on personal terms.
However, Chelsea is rumored to be willing to offer higher wages than their London rivals, and manager Mauricio Pochettino is hopeful of convincing Caicedo to make a move to Stamford Bridge.
Meanwhile, Liverpool seems poised to sign Caicedo’s Brighton teammate, Mac Allister, and the relationship between the two clubs could potentially influence Caicedo’s decision.
Brighton is seeking to capitalize on Caicedo’s contract situation by demanding a fee in the range of £75 million for their star midfielder. Whether or not Arsenal is willing to meet that price could depend on their pursuit of West Ham’s Declan Rice, as the Hammers are reportedly demanding around £100 million for the English international.
Chelsea may also have a bargaining chip in the form of Levi Colwill, who is currently on loan at Brighton. The Blues recently rejected a £30 million bid to make Colwill’s move permanent, but they might consider a part-exchange deal involving him. Get all the latest updates from the Premier League only on Nextbet Sports.
Following Brighton’s final Premier League game against Aston Villa, Caicedo expressed his appreciation to the club through a tweet but refrained from dropping any hints about his future. He wrote, “What a team and what a journey. So happy and proud. Thank you Seagulls for your support all season.”