Liverpool aren’t willing to entertain Brighton’s £100m asking price for midfielder Moises Caicedo this summer.
With the Reds in search of a defensive-minded midfielder, Caicedo would look like a perfect fit. Liverpool clearly rate him very highly and the Ecuadorian has so far failed to secure a move elsewhere.
Despite that, the Reds have seemingly stayed out of any bidding for Caicedo. This has baffled supporters, and the likes of legendary centre-back Jamie Carragher, who said on Twitter that he ‘wasn’t sure’ why his old club didn’t go in for the Brighton man.
Well, in response to Carragher’s question, The Athletic have attempted to provide an answer.
They claim that it’s very simple, really. Liverpool haven’t tried to buy Caicedo because of his £100m valuation. Having so far failed to meet Southampton’s £50m price for Romeo Lavia, there’s reportedly no appetite for the Reds to double that for Caicedo.
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We’re not altogether sure what Carragher’s furore over Caicedo is. Yes, he looks like he’d be as good an answer as Liverpool may get to their midfield problem this summer. Former Brighton boss Graham Potter was right to call him ‘fantastic’ last August [The Argus]. He’s also available for the right price.
But that price just so happens to be one that would obliterate the Reds’ record transfer fee.
In this distorted market, it’s hard to know just what good value is. Having said that, paying £100m for a player with just 45 Premier League games to his name is quite clearly obscene.
For context, Lavia has played 29 times in the division, and Liverpool are – quite rightly – balking at £50m.
In the end, it looks like they’re just going to have to bite the bullet and pay that to Southampton. £50m is still manageable for Liverpool, but they’ll be damned if they have to double that on any player.
Quite clearly there’ll be supporters who don’t agree with this stance. They’ll see Caicedo as the best out there right now. Admirably, they’ll be of the opinion that Liverpool should be able to spend these sums.
But that simply isn’t how the Reds have done their business under FSG. We know that. Unless Brighton drastically lower their demands for the Ecuador international, there’s no chance of him coming anywhere near Anfield.