Chelsea make huge Moises Caicedo error as Brighton reap benefits of £25m negotiations

Chelsea make huge Moises Caicedo error as Brighton reap benefits of £25m negotiations

Chelsea’s pursuit of Moises Caicedo and their attempt to sign Robert Sanchez separately may have led them to a significant error. 

Throughout the summer transfer window, they have been in extensive discussions with Brighton but have not met the £100 million valuation for the midfielder, even though the 2023/24 Premier League campaign is less than a week away.

After Mauricio Pochettino took charge at Stamford Bridge, he identified Caicedo as his top priority for the team, believing that the Ecuadorian international would be the perfect fit alongside Enzo Fernandez in midfield. 

To raise funds for this pursuit, Chelsea decided to part ways with some of their midfield stars, including Mason Mount, Mateo Kovacic, and Ruben Loftus-Cheek.

Despite having a larger budget, Chelsea’s attempts to sign Caicedo have been met with rejection, as Brighton turned down their latest offer of £80 million almost immediately after it was presented.

 Brighton has made it clear to the player and his representatives that they are in no hurry to sell, and Caicedo will only be allowed to leave if the club is willing to do so.

Chelsea initially hoped to negotiate a lower transfer fee, but Caicedo’s recently-signed contract with Brighton has given the Seagulls a strong position in the negotiations. 

As a result, Chelsea may have inadvertently provided Brighton with more reason to stand firm in their stance during future discussions about the potential transfer in the coming weeks.

According to Di Marzio, Brighton was open to reducing their asking price for Robert Sanchez in recent negotiations. They struck a deal for £25 million, which included a base fee of £20 million and £5 million in add-ons, instead of the initial £30 million demanded by Roberto De Zerbi’s side.

While this might seem like a positive development for Chelsea at first, their failure to pay the additional £5 million could have significant consequences in their pursuit of Moises Caicedo. 

Brighton now has a precedent to refer to, showcasing their willingness to compromise in the Sanchez deal. As a result, they may be less inclined to budge on their £100 million asking price for Caicedo.

The onus is now on Chelsea to decide whether to pay the extra £20 million required to secure Caicedo or risk losing their primary target if they choose not to meet Brighton’s valuation. The situation puts Chelsea in a crucial position, where they must decide how much they are willing to invest in securing the player they want.

Brighton believes that Caicedo’s value should be on par with Declan Rice, who recently joined Arsenal for £105m during the summer transfer window. However, Caicedo and his representatives are concerned that asking for such a high fee might cause Chelsea to pursue other players instead.

The midfielder, Romeo Lavia from Southampton, has been identified as the ‘next best’ alternative for Chelsea. 

However, time is running out for Chelsea to renew their interest in the Belgian international. Meanwhile, Liverpool is preparing another offer for Romeo Lavia and has successfully convinced him that a move to Anfield would be the best next step in his career.

Chelsea make huge Moises Caicedo error as Brighton reap benefits of £25m negotiations

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