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Brighton demand £100m for Moises Caicedo after Chelsea fail with £50m offer


Chelsea have failed with a bid of around £50m for Moises Caicedo (Getty)

Chelsea have failed with a bid of around £50m for Moises Caicedo (Getty)

Brighton are demanding £100 million from Chelsea for Moises Caicedo, according to reports.

Chelsea are looking to bolster Graham Potter’s options even further before the end of the January transfer window but have yet to recruit a new central midfielder.

Talks with Benfica over a deal for Enzo Fernandez restarted this week but the Portuguese club are adamant that Argentina’s World Cup winner will not leave unless his €120m (£105.6m) release clause is met.

According to The Times, Chelsea have been in talks with Brighton for Caicedo this month but a bid of around £50m was rejected last week.

Brighton are understood to be holding out for a fee in the region of £100m for the Ecuador international, and the report claims that Potter has been the one driving Chelsea’s interest.

Moises Caicedo has attracted interest from several clubs following his impressive performances for Brighton (Getty)

When asked about his future at Brighton, Caicedo said earlier this week: ‘I am focused on Brighton.

‘I am here, I’m playing every day. Things from outside don’t trouble me, nor does it take that focus away because I’m focused only on here. I handle it well.

‘You hear rumours here and there, but I only try to be focused on the club where I am now, the club which opened the doors for me to be playing every week.’

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Chelsea are also in talks with Lyon to sign their right-back Malo Gusto.

The 19-year-old, who is also on Manchester United’s radar has already agreed personal terms with Chelsea but the club have yet to agree a fee with Lyon as their £25m offer was rejected this week.

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