Moises Caicedo sends transfer plea to Chelsea and Arsenal in honest Brighton statement
Chelsea and Arsenal target Moises Caicedo has taken to social media to release a transfer plea to Brighton and Hove Albion.
This comes after the Ecuador international saw a change of his agent earlier this month, with it now appearing that he wishes to force a transfer through.
Graham Potter’s side saw a transfer rejected just a week ago, with Brighton snubbing a bid in the region of £55 million.
Arsenal saw a bid of their own turned down just days later, with a £60 million offer deemed below his valuation also.
The London rivals have already seen a heated transfer battle take place in January, with Chelsea coming out on top to secure the signing of the talented Mykhailo Mudryk from Shakhtar Dontesk.
Chelsea are in the market for midfield reinforcements in the transfer window, having already seen a move for Enzo Fernandez turned down.
Yves Bissouma was also targeted, but Tottenham Hotspur were unwilling to part with the former Seagull as Chelsea offered a deal which included Hakim Ziyech.
With just days remaining in the transfer window, Caicedo has thrown a spanner in the works after releasing a public message on his social media accounts, appearing to plea for a move from Brighton in the coming days.
Taking to Twitter, he wrote: “I am grateful to Mr. Bloom and Brighton for giving me the chance to come to the Premier League and I feel I have always done my best for them. I always play football with a smile and with heart.
“I am the youngest of 10 siblings from a poor upbringing in Santa Domingo in Ecuador. My dream always to be the most decorated player in the history of Ecuador.
“I am proud to be able to bring in a record transfer fee for Brighton which would allow them to reinvest it and help the club continue to be successful.
“The fans have taken me into their hearts and they will always be in my heart so I hope they can understand why I want to take up this magnificent opportunity.”
While Arsenal’s bid of £60 million is not higher than Chelsea’s £62 million deal for Marc Cucurella in the summer, Caicedo hinted at a club record fee for him.
It remains to be seen as to whether either the Gunners or Chelsea have re-entered negotiations for the 21-year-old and are willing to increase their bids.
But one thing is for sure, it will be a hectic end to the transfer window as the Blues seek a midfielder before the window slams shut.
With six signings already completed, Chelsea are set to confirm the arrival of a seventh in Malo Gusto.
The 19-year-old defender will join from Lyon on a six-and-a-half-year deal from the French club but spend the remainder of the season on loan in Ligue 1.