Chelsea FINALLY agree a British record £115m deal to beat Liverpool to Moises Caicedo, with Ecuadorian midfielder set for medical on Monday ahead of switch from Brighton
- Moises Caicedo is closing in on a move to Chelsea for a British record fee
- He will undergo a medical on Monday after choosing them ahead of Liverpool
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Chelsea are on the verge of completing a British record £115million swoop for Brighton midfielder Moises Caicedo.
Following weeks of discussions and failed bids, the Blues have agreed a fee for the Ecuador midfielder that will see Brighton earn a minimum £100m plus a further £15m in add-ons.
It is hoped that the 21-year-old can undergo a medical in the next 48 hours before signing a long-term contract with the Stamford Bridge side.
Caicedo appeared to be close to joining Liverpool last week after the Reds saw a £111m bid accepted by Brighton.
But Chelsea chiefs have made major progress over the previous 48 hours and and agreement had been struck with Brighton owner Tony Bloom. Former Brighton recruitment specialist Paul Winstanley now at Chelsea, is said to have been at the forefront of the deal.
Moises Caicedo is joining Chelsea from Brighton for a British record £115m, with sell-on clause
Chelsea boss Mauricio Pochettino is set to land a key target following months of uncertainty
Chelsea are set to beat Liverpool to Caicedo who put a bid worth £111m in for the midfielder
Around half of the £15m add-ons are said to be easily achievable, while the remainder are believed to be significantly harder to meet.
With that in mind Chelsea believe they will end up paying a similar fee that they forked out for Enzo Fernandez, who joined from Benfica in January for £107m – the current British record.
It represents excellent business for Brighton, who bought Caicedo for a bargain £4.5m from Independiente del Valle in 2021.
Chelsea are also offering around £55m for Southampton midfielder Romeo Lavia, who has also been the subject of three failed bids from Liverpool.
The Blues had been linked with a move for Caicedo throughout the summer, though there were fears on Friday that Liverpool would hijack a move for the Brighton star.
Liverpool agreed a £111m fee with Brighton, leaving Chelsea needing to up their offer for the Ecuadorian international.
Chelsea though never gave up on their priority target and appear to have won the race for his signature after agreeing a £115m move.
Brighton manager Roberto De Zerbi made a slight dig about Caicedo’s departure on Friday
Brighton manager Roberto De Zerbi made a slight dig about Caicedo to reporters during Friday’s press conference ahead of the Premier League game against Luton.
De Zerbi said: ‘I have already forgotten about Moises. I’m really proud of the players we have in the squad.
‘We want to keep improving. The credit goes to the club. Bigger clubs can buy our players but they can’t buy our soul or spirit.’
Caicedo impressed with the Seagulls, making 37 appearances for the club last season as they finished sixth in the top flight and qualified for the Europa League.
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