Moises Caicedo was today absent from Brighton & Hove Albion’s pre-season friendly amid reports that Liverpool are interested in the midfielder.

As per Fabrizio Romano, the Ecuador international was missing from the Seagulls’ fixture this afternoon against Espanyol, with Brighton CEO Paul Barber further confirming that Caicedo missed out through a minor injury.

The Premier League official said: “Moises had a slight hamstring injury late in training and was pulled out for that reason. With a Premier League season just a week away it makes no sense to risk him today.”

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Transfer interest surrounding Caicedo has been rampant this summer, with the latest reports suggesting that the Liverpool-linked midfielder will only leave Brighton for an offer of ÂŁ100m.

With the Reds unlikely to make an offer of this magnitude, the chances of Liverpool being the ones to sign Caicedo remain slim, with Chelsea seemingly still the frontrunner for the South American prospect.

Indeed, Caicedo missing Brighton’s latest pre-season friendly could really be down to an injury, but with rumours rampant, there’s a good chance that there could be some transfer movement behind the scenes.

Caicedo looks set for summer exit, but not to Liverpool

Brighton & Hove Albion v Newcastle United: Premier League Summer Series
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Signals from Caicedo’s camp strongly suggest that the midfielder is off this summer, but given Liverpool’s financial situation, the odds of the Reds moving for the Brighton star seem next-to-zero.

As we know, no UEFA Champions League money has severely hindered Liverpool’s transfer prospects this summer, meaning that a £100m move for Caicedo is reliant on outgoings.

Moreover, with Liverpool needing more than one midfielder this summer, signing just Caicedo could be viewed by many as a poor use of funds, even if the Ecuadorian is one of the most exciting prospects in all of football.

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