Chelsea are set to set up their interest in Moises Caicedo after withdrawing from the race to sign Manuel Ugarte.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side pulled out on Sunday to sign Ugarte, leaving the pathway clear for Paris Saint-Germain to complete a €60 million transfer, with the midfielder set to undergo a medical and sign his contract in the early stages of this week, as reported by Fabrizio Romano.
Pochettino is wanting to land a new midfielder this summer. Chelsea are braced to lose Mateo Kovacic and Ruben Loftus-Cheek, while the futures of Mason Mount and N’Golo Kante are both unclear.
Brighton’s Moises Caicedo was of interest to the Blues during the January transfer window, but the Seagulls remained firm and managed to keep hold of the Ecuadorian, who signed a new contract until 2027 back in March.
However, following the conclusion of the 2022/23 season, Brighton boss Roberto De Zerbi conceded they were expecting to lose Caicedo and Alexis Mac Allister – who is Liverpool bound – this summer.
“They deserve to change level of team and competition, we have to be happy for them,” said De Zerbi of the duo after Brighton’s 2-1 defeat to Aston Villa.
“We are Brighton and our policy is to help the young players to progress, we can’t keep our best players. That is right, it is our mentality and we have to find more young players.”
Caicedo has been linked with Arsenal and Chelsea, with the two clubs facing the prospect of going head-to-head for the midfielder.
As reported by Ben Jacobs, Chelsea have learned a key clause in Caicedo’s contract after he penned an extension earlier this year.
It’s revealed that Caicedo’s new deal ‘does have a clause that helps facilitate a move’.
The clause does not have a ‘specific number’, but it will open up a transfer if a fee can be agreed.