Transfer insider Dean Jones has said that Moises Caicedo has not yet ‘cropped up’ as a potential target at Chelsea.
With Graham Potter’s appointment as the new manager at Stamford Bridge earlier this month, the head coach could well return to his former employers Brighton to reshape his squad.
Liverpool apparently made a £42m bid to sign the Ecuadorian midfielder towards of the end of the recent transfer window (The Sun) but saw their offer rejected.
Arsenal and Manchester United have also been credited with an interest but in an interview with Ole (via Evening Standard), the 20-year-old suggested that he wouldn’t turn down a reunion with his former boss in west London.
He claimed that ‘nobody would turn down an offer from them (Chelsea)’ and described the idea of playing for the Blues as a ‘dream’, but while speculation of a possible reunion at Stamford Bridge has arisen, Jones has said that Caicedo hasn’t yet been discussed internally at the west London club.
He told GIVEMESPORT: “It’s an obvious link to make with Caicedo and I am not ruling out that it could be one they pursue, but he hasn’t really cropped up in many conversations as far as I have heard. Beyond that, we know they like Rice, Bellingham and Edson Alvarez so there’s a lot to consider.”
Hailed as the ‘genuine article’ by South American football expert Tim Vickery and dubbed ‘outstanding’ by The Athletic’s Brighton journalist Andy Naylor, Caicedo could well be brought in to refresh Potter’s midfield at Chelsea.
Jorginho and N’Golo Kante both see their contracts expire at the end of the season and recruitment could be necessary if they both leave, particularly with Denis Zakaria only arriving on loan this summer.
Having been Brighton’s most consistent performer last term with a 7.07 average match rating (SofaScore), Potter may feel that the youngster has the potential to make the step up to a top-six club, and it will be interesting to see if the officials at Stamford Bridge decide to divert their attention towards a move for the €20m-rated (£17m) gem.