Chelsea still see a move for Brighton midfielder Moises Caicedo as their “top priority” before the transfer window closes next week, according to journalist Fabrizio Romano.
New reports from Portugal suggest the Blues could reignite their interest in Benfica’s Enzo Fernandez but Romano believes Caicedo is the player they will be going after:
“We know that Caicedo is a top priority for them [Chelsea]. But Brighton don’t want to sell the player, so it’s a really difficult one for January. Chelsea can try again because they already had contacts, but at the moment Caicedo deal is not easy.”
Of course, there is nothing to say that Graham Potter’s side won’t try to sign both players before the transfer deadline but it appears Caicedo is the midfielder the club are focusing on currently.
They have already had a £55m bid rejected by Brighton for the Ecuadorian international, with the Seagulls said to be demanding around £75m.
While the £20m difference between the teams is quite a large gap to bridge, you do feel there could be some room for manoeuvre on Caicedo’s fee, with Chelsea perhaps including a number of achievable add-ons which would meet Brighton’s valuation.