With the successive signings of Alexis Mac Allister and Dominik Szoboszlai, Liverpool successfully revamped its midfielders. The new season was expected to continue, but the Saudis’ abundance of money was too much to resist, and Jordan Henderson and Fabinho sought new homes in the Middle East.
With two players leaving the team in addition to the midfielders who left last season, Liverpool is once again in full swing in the transfer market, eager to acquire a defensive midfielder. Southampton midfielder Romeo Lavia is among the various players being tracked.
According to The Athletic, an unidentified club has made an offer in excess of £80 million to Brighton for Ecuadorian midfielder Moises Caicedo. The offer exceeds the amount recently offered by Chelsea, a major frontrunner, and the transfer saga over the player has entered a new phase.
Chelsea is expected to move for the Southampton midfielder, who is also of interest to Liverpool, if they fail to land the Brighton midfielder. The transfer fee will be nearly half the price, a perfectly acceptable amount for the club, which has been aggressively reinforcing itself under its American owner.
The name of the club is not revealed in the report, and we do not know who presented the huge offer. In addition, while speculation is circulating without knowing which league or country the offer is from, the target club is Liverpool, according to Football Insider.
Chelsea’s highest offer so far is £75 million, plus £5 million as an add-on, for a total of £80 million. Brighton, on the other hand, is demanding £100 million, almost the same amount as England midfielder Declan Rice, who moved to Arsenal.
The Ecuadorian midfielder, who was close to leaving the club this winter, is willing to step up from Brighton. Although he has only played a total of 45 games in the Premier League, he has developed a reputation as one of England’s leading midfielders and has been assured of a move this summer.
Liverpool have been eyeing the player since the beginning of the season, but abandoned the acquisition due to the exorbitant asking price. It is unlikely that Liverpool would be able to invest more than £80 million of their budget on a single player, and at this point, it is unlikely that they will be able to secure the services of the midfielder.
If Moises Caicedo were to play at Anfield, it would certainly be the best reinforcement. However, a move to Chelsea is the reality.
Which club will be the future of the promising 21-year-old midfielder?