Chelsea given price tag for Potter to sign Brighton general Caicedo

Graham Potter post Brighton

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Chelsea will have to fork out £85million if they are to reunite with Moises Caicedo with his former coach Graham Potter at Stamford Bridge, according to reports. The Blues are said to be one of three clubs interested in the Brighton midfielder, but his exorbitant price tag could throw a spanner in the works of a second spell working under Potter.

The Ecuadorian was one of the standout performers as the Seagulls blew away Chelsea 4-1 at the Amex Stadium, handing Potter his first defeat since leaving Brighton to the take job in west London. Leandro Trossard and Pascal Gross, in addition to own goals from Blues pair Trevoh Chalobah and Ruben Loftus-Cheek, did the damage despite Kai Havertz’s consolation.

The 20-year-old, signed for just £4.5m from Independiente del Valle in February 2020, has experienced a meteoric rise since joining Brighton and is now considered a regular feature in the side. He is also being tracked by Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United this summer but no move materialised, with Brighton reluctant to sell.

The tireless midfielder was signed by Potter after extensive scouting from his recruitment team and his value has skyrocketed after some impressive displays, bossing the central areas with strong tackling and accurate passing.

Ironically, it was Potter who claimed that, when Caicedo was linked with Liverpool for a speculated fee of £42m, it would only be enough to acquire “one of his legs” and insisted that clubs would have to pay £100m for Caicedo.

According to The Mirror, the figure is actually closer to £85m as Chelsea search for a long-term replacement for N’Golo Kante. The Frenchman is out of contract at the end of the season and a serious hamstring injury has ruled him out until the New Year, with no indication a renewal will be agreed.

And that has perhaps persuaded Potter to begin looking for a holding midfielder, with doubts also circulating over Jorginho’s long-term future, with the Italian also out of contract in June 2023. Caicedo, along with Jude Bellingham and Edson Alvarez, is thought to be one of his top targets.

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Potter has already got one player he worked with at Brighton with him in west London, with Marc Cucurella joining for £62m only weeks before he followed him to Stamford Bridge.

And given how the 47-year-old has insisted on bringing his backroom team and other key staff with him to Chelsea, it suggests he may favour signing a player he has already worked with.

However, Caicedo has suggested he is no rush to leave the South Coast club anytime soon when quizzed about interest from other Premier League clubs, with Liverpool and Manchester United understood to be keen.

“I’m very happy here at Brighton,” he said. “I’m not thinking about any other club than Brighton. This is the club where I am now and I will give everything for this club and to keep doing well here.”

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