Moises Caicedo contract will not stop Man Utd, Chelsea and Liverpool interest
Moises Caicedo is expected to be a transfer target for the country’s biggest clubs this summer despite signing a new contract at Brighton, as Premier League heavyweights including Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool prepare to battle for midfielders ahead of next season.
Caicedo has signed a new deal at Brighton, tying him to the club until 2027, after failing to secure a move to Arsenal in the January transfer window. The deal is a reflection of his importance to Roberto De Zerbi’s side but it is not expected to deter the league’s biggest teams from trying to sign him this summer.
Arsenal were willing to pay £70 million for Caicedo in January and had two bids rejected by Brighton in the final days of the window, before the league leaders eventually pivoted to sign Jorginho from Chelsea instead.
Arsenal are currently not expected to reignite their interest in Caicedo at the end of this season, with West Ham United’s Declan Rice understood to be their top target for the summer window. Their position could yet change, though, if the pursuit of Rice proves to be unsuccessful.
With United, Chelsea, Liverpool and potentially Manchester City also all expected to be in the market for central midfielders this summer, Caicedo is set to be one of the league’s most sought-after players despite his decision to sign a new deal at the Amex.
From Brighton’s perspective the fresh terms will protect the 21-year-old’s value and help to ensure the highest possible fee for a player who is widely regarded as one of the division’s most promising youngsters.
It looks set to be a summer of scrapping for midfield talent in the Premier League, with Rice, Caicedo and Borussia Dortmund’s Jude Bellingham all likely to be on the move. There is also an expectation within the industry that Alexis Mac Allister will leave Brighton, and there is likely to be more interest in Barcelona’s Frenkie de Jong, who was wanted by United last summer. Erik ten Hag agreed a deal with Barcelona for De Jong but the player rejected a move and it is understood the United manager has tracked Caicedo's progress at Brighton this season.
Southampton’s Romeo Lavia, meanwhile, is another central midfielder who has caught the eye of the Premier League’s biggest clubs. The 19-year-old joined Southampton from Manchester City in July and has impressed on the south coast, despite the team’s struggles.
There could also be renewed interest from leading clubs in Everton’s Amadou Onana, who has impressed both Chelsea and Arsenal since his arrival in the Premier League at the start of this season.