Chelsea chiefs are ready to increase their financial offer for the services of Brighton midfielder Moises Caicedo. The London club officially offered 55 million pounds for the Ecuadorian card, but this initial offer was rejected by Brighton. However, it seems that Chelsea have no intention of giving up.
According to the prestigious Mirror in England, the leaders of Chelsea will soon make a new offer for Caicedo's card, which is thought to be in the range of 65 million pounds. Manager Graham Potter, who was in charge of Brighton before arriving at Stamford Bridge, is a big fan of the Ecuadorian. In fact, it was Potter who then recruited the midfielder from Independiente del Valle, for just 4 million pounds.
Current Brighton manager Roberto De Zerbi has admitted that Caicedo could leave the club, but the coach wants the player to stay at least until the end of this season. De Zerbi commented:
"Moises' mentality is fantastic. He doesn't need anything more. The fact that big teams in Europe are looking for him is not a problem for him... He is an important, strong and big player. I think he can become one of the best midfielders in Europe. For me it is now, but in the next 2 years for sure, because he is technical and physically strong."
The Brighton coach added:
"The question of whether we will sell our players is not for me, it is for the owner. The problem is not to sell. The problem is to buy new players with the same potential or level as those who sell. At the moment, I think the club is working well in terms of recruiting new players."
It remains to be seen whether Brighton will give in to pressure from Chelsea this January transfer window, or whether Moises will continue to be part of the club until the end of the season.