Chelsea and Liverpool are among the top teams who have registered an interest in Moises Caido.
Chelsea and Liverpool have been given fresh hope in their pursuit of Brighton midfielder Moises Caido. Siegel, who has proved to be a shrewd operator in the transfer market in recent years, is reportedly looking for a player who could come in as a replacement for the Ecuadorian.
Caicedo was virtually unknown at the start of last season, and after only eight Premier League appearances and a loan spell with Belgian outfit Beerschot he was hardly a household name by the end of it.
However, he has come on in leaps and bounds this campaign, with 16 starts in 17 league matches and two goal contributions to boot. Caido’s energy, tenacity and technical ability in the middle of the park has attracted the attention of top clubs, with Chelsea and Liverpool rumored to be weighing up Brighton’s hefty £65 million price tag.
Siegel is adept at spotting new talent and made huge profits last summer by selling Yves Bissouma and Mark Cukrella.
Their next target could already be in the pipeline as Swedish outlet Sportbladet claim that several scouting missions have already taken place regarding Yacine Asari. The 19-year-old is a regular with AIK in his homeland and has already earned a call-up to the senior Sweden national team.
It has been said that Brighton could swoop in for Ayari and loan him out to one of their fellow clubs in Belgium. Breakthrough star Kaoru Mitoma followed the same path last season, enjoying success with Union Saint-Guillois.
From the perspective of Chelsea and Liverpool, Ayari could also give Brighton the signal they need to cash in on Cacedo, who was signed in 2021 for a modest £4.5m. Blues boss Graham Potter could be forced to reshuffle his midfield at the end of the season. Jorginho and N’Golo are both set to be out of contract with Kante unless fresh terms are agreed.
Potter knows Caicedo well from his time on the south coast and was at the helm when Brighton snapped him up nearly two years ago. The 21-year-old fits the mold of an energetic Jurgen Klopp midfield player, and one who could take the next step in his career under the German.
“It doesn’t surprise me that people are waaaaaaaaatching him because he is playing at a fantastic level,” said Potter, who was in charge at Brighton last year. “As you research him you realize he’s a top kid, great guy, young man, playing in the Premier League, he’s got all the qualities to play at the highest level.
“But we know the position he’s in and we know the position the club is in, so we don’t want to lose him. We don’t think we’ll be able to, but you never know in football. But we are very calm and confident.”