Liverpool have made contact with Brighton over the signing of midfielder Moises Caicedo.
Sensational claims have been emerging this afternoon that the Reds have made an enormous bid for Caicedo. It seems as though Chelsea muscling in on their pursuit of Romeo Lavia could actually have been the result of some good news for Liverpool.
However, journalist James Pearce has taken to Twitter to downplay reports of a bid going in. Although he does confirm that the Reds have been in touch with Brighton over the 21-year-old.
“Understand LFC have made contract with Brighton over Caicedo but yet to make an offer,” Pearce writes.
Encouraging news still, but perhaps we need to hit the brakes on the excitement for the time being.
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Well, well, well, who saw this coming? To be frank, there may have been a few out there who did. Liverpool dragging their heels on the Lavia deal could have suggested that they had something else up their sleeve.
But given Brighton’s whopping price-tag for Caicedo, it also had the feel of a non-starter.
The Reds have shown that they’re happy to pay big when the right player comes along, but with so much to do this summer, it didn’t feel like the right time for that.
But, here we are. And there can be no low-balling here. Chelsea’s latest bid was reported to be something close to £80m [The Telegraph], and that was rejected.
To get to the table with Brighton they know it’s going to take in excess of that. Any such move would make Caicedo comfortably Liverpool’s record signing.
With the season fast approaching, there’s no time to lose. Brighton are absolutely no mugs in negotiations and may even want to recoup some of the money they lost out on when selling Alexis Mac Allister to Liverpool for cheap earlier this summer.
Hopefully, the Reds kept things cordial in any discussions over Mac Allister. It could certainly aid them here. Get that bid in and get this tied up, Liverpool!