Liverpool could be beaten to the signing of Moises Caicedo, as they think Brighton have set his asking price too high.
That’s according to journalist Ben Jacobs, who claims that Chelsea are now the only option for Caicedo to complete a January move. Speaking to The Blues Brothers podcast today, Jacobs gave an update on the midfielder’s situation.
“Time has been running out on this one because Moises Caicedo’s agents only actually officially came in today,” explained the journalist.
“Originally the hope was that they’d come in on January 18th. But they only officially announced him as part of their stable today. We should take this with a pinch of salt, because I’ve been told for upwards of two months that they’ve been actively representing Moises Caicedo in the market. But when media contact the agency, which is Epic Sports, they’re never going to be able to say that.
“So, this isn’t really stating from scratch, but it can ramp up in a much more aggressive sense now. And if Caicedo wants the move, which he does, not necessarily only to Chelsea but they’re going to be the only suitor in January because Liverpool don’t think there’s any value in and around £75m.
“So if he wants to go now, Chelsea will be the only option, then we wait and see what the agents can pull out the bag.”
Caicedo still on the market
By the sounds of things, a January move for Caicedo is still very much in play. This is something Jacobs himself predicted a few weeks ago. The change of agents for the 21-year-old seems to be a really key point.
Unfortunately for Liverpool fans, that doesn’t look like making a difference in terms of a move to Anfield. To their credit though, it does appear that the Reds still maintain an interest in the Ecuadorian.
As a result, perhaps they don’t expect to see Chelsea sort a deal out for themselves. Instead, it feels likely that Liverpool will come back and try again in the summer. If the Blues don’t land Caicedo now, you can expect they’ll be back then too. But more funds will surely be available for Liverpool at the season’s end.
From the player’s point of view, he doesn’t sound to be all that bothered where he ends up. For a while, it has felt likely to be either Chelsea or Liverpool. If he can hold on at Brighton until the summer, Jurgen Klopp could really do with him.
Of course, there’s no guarantee that Caicedo will come any cheaper then. Brighton are notorious for getting value for their players. Should the young midfielder continue impressing in the second half of the season, his price-tag may not shift at all.
If that is the case, it might be wise to rule Liverpool out all together. With Chelsea throwing money around like it’s nothing, we might have to soon do that anyway. Let’s see what the last week of the market brings.