Liverpool don’t think midfield target Moises Caicedo is worth the money Brighton are asking for him in January.
That’s the latest update from journalist Ben Jacobs. Taking to Twitter, Jacobs posted a lengthy update on Caicedo’s current situation. After reporting that Chelsea are still keen on a move this month, the journalist then ruled out a bid from Liverpool.
“Liverpool interest in Caicedo dates back to Independiente del Valle. They didn’t move because his agent(s) situation was complicated and there were lots of side costs away from the transfer fee itself. Told they don’t see value in Brighton’s price tag right now,” Jacobs wrote.
As per the journalist himself, that price-tag is set at ‘£75m+’. This reportedly won’t put off Chelsea, with Graham Potter said to be ‘keen’ to reunite with Caicedo.
From Brighton’s side, they are claimed to be ‘understanding’ of the 21-year-old pushing for a move. But with time running out in the window, the Seagulls reportedly won’t entertain any bids below their valuation.
With that in mind, a move this month is said to be ‘tricky.’ A summer transfer seems to be looking much more likely at this point. By that point, Jacobs claims that Newcastle may be ‘one to watch,’ but doesn’t indicate whether Liverpool will return to the table yet.
Liverpool sitting on a fortune
This feels like a good decision from Liverpool. They don’t want to get sucked into an expensive panic buy mid-season.
Of course, we know the quality that Caicedo has. He’s been called ‘incredible’ by teammate Adam Webster. But £75m+ is too much. Should Brighton expect a more reasonable figure in the summer, Liverpool should come back in. But right now, there’s not enough justification to blow such a big hole in the budget.
As we’ve seen today though, the Reds could probably afford it. As per Sky Sports, Deloitte have ranked Liverpool’s revenue from last season as the third highest in world football.
That marks the Reds highest ever finish in this particular table. Takings of £593.3m have seen them jump ahead of Manchester United for the first time in the publication’s 26 years of rankings. Only Manchester City and Real Madrid took home more money.
As a result, questions do need to be asked of Liverpool’s investment in the transfer market. It’s all well and good not wanting to be ripped off, but the Reds need to be more willing to pull the trigger when needed.
In Caicedo’s instance, we agree with Liverpool’s decision. There are surely better value targets out there. But at some point this club is going to have to fall in line with where the market is right now. Failure to properly invest that new revenue has already seen us fall behind this season. We can’t afford another summer of balking.