The transfer rollercoaster involving Moises Caicedo appears to have taken on a final sharp turn, Fabrizio Romano reported that the player has turned down a move to Liverpool in favour of sticking to his word and joining Chelsea. This comes after an overnight report from talkSPORT indicating that the Reds had agreed a fee worth £111 million for the midfielder.
Moises Caicedo Rejects Liverpool Move, Favours Chelsea
Watch: The Moises Caicedo Saga Summarised
Liverpool Swoop in for Caicedo
In a sensational twist of events, Jurgen Klopp’s side were set to break the British transfer record and spend “in excess of £100 million”, to snatch the Ecuadorian midfielder from Brighton, much to the dismay of Chelsea.
The Blues have had several bids rejected by the Seagulls for the 23-year-old and looked set to miss out on a player the club has been pursuing throughout this transfer window.
Liverpool had been chasing Southampton’s Romeo Lavia in an attempt to find a defensive midfielder, but the Reds have turned their attention to Brighton’s midfield general after seeing three bids for the Belgian international turned down.
Despite that, it appears that the Merseysiders will miss out on their newest target as the player is not prepared to move there. Instead, the 21-year-old would prefer a move to London to join up with Mauricio Pochettino.
Chelsea Set to Make Crucial Signing
According to Romano, the Blues agreed to personal terms with the player back in May. They will now make another bid for the Seagulls’ midfielder in the hopes of getting the deal over the line following the player’s refusal to join the only other club to meet his valuation.
While it isn’t official, it is expected that Caicedo will operate in the defensive midfield spot next to Enzo Fernandez as the main pivot under Pochettino. The two could be an important part of getting the two-time Champions League winners back up the table following a dismal performance last season.