Chelsea and Brighton were still in negotiations over Moises Caicedo early on Saturday morning. However, the ongoing delay could potentially benefit Liverpool in the complicated transfer saga. Additionally, both clubs have also been competing for Southampton’s Romeo Lavia.
Liverpool outbid Chelsea in Thursday’s auction for Caicedo, offering £110m, which prompted Chelsea to counter with a £55m bid for Lavia. Chelsea is attempting to secure both deals, but there are doubts as to whether they can satisfy Financial Fair Play regulations without making significant sales.
In light of this, Chelsea made a late offer that included players in addition to a fee for Caicedo. However, Brighton was not interested in a part-exchange deal as of Saturday morning. The situation has also led to Chelsea abandoning their pursuit of Leeds United’s Tyler Adams, despite the player traveling to London for what was supposed to be a £20m transfer.
Interestingly, Brighton themselves are interested in Tyler Adams, as well as Ajax’s Mohammed Kudus. However, the latter deal has been stalled due to a disagreement over a release clause if Kudus were to sign.
As Brighton prepares to sell Caicedo, manager Roberto De Zerbi has confirmed that he is now planning his team without the Ecuadorian player. This has worked in Liverpool’s favor, as the longer Chelsea goes without completing the deal, the greater Liverpool’s chances of securing Caicedo.
Although the player originally preferred a move to Stamford Bridge, Caicedo’s main intention is to play for a top club, regardless of the location. Despite reports, Liverpool has not withdrawn from the deal. This adds another layer to the storyline ahead of Sunday’s match between Chelsea and Liverpool at Stamford Bridge.