Liverpool agree £111m fee with Brighton for Caicedo


Moises Caicedo of Brighton & Hove Albion looks on during the Premier League Summer Series match between Brighton & Hove Albion and Newcastle United at Red Bull Arena on July 28, 2023 in Harrison, New Jersey.

Brighton rejected an £80m bid for midfielder Moises Caicedo from Premier League rivals Chelsea in July

Liverpool have agreed a British record transfer fee of £111m with Brighton for midfielder Moises Caicedo.

However, Chelsea are now trying to secure a deal for the Ecuador international despite Brighton rejecting a succession of bids from the club earlier in the summer.

It is thought the 21-year-old’s preference would be to move to Stamford Bridge.

It remains to be seen whether the Blues will now match Liverpool’s bid.

Brighton had set a fee in excess of £100m for Caicedo and had said they felt no-one would reach it. Chelsea are believed to have bid £80m previously.

Seagulls boss Roberto de Zerbi gave his thoughts on the transfer saga before Brighton take on Luton Town in their opening Premier League game on Saturday at 15:00 BST.

“I have already forgotten about Moises,” De Zerbi told a news conference. “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.

“We are Brighton, we achieved a big target last year – the same as Liverpool, better than Chelsea. I would like players who are proud to play in Brighton.”

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