Chelsea and Brighton agree on a £115 million deal for Brighton player Moises Caicedo.
Moises Caicedo, a player for Brighton, will join Chelsea for a British record fee of £115 million.
The 21-year-old Ecuadorian player was sold to Liverpool for £111 million on Friday.
But Caicedo wants to play for Chelsea, and after Brighton turned down several offers this summer, they have finally been able to make a deal.
The fee means that Chelsea will break the British record twice in 2023. In January, they paid £107 million for Argentine player Enzo Fernandez, which was the first time they did so.
Caicedo wasn’t with Brighton when they beat Luton Town at home in their first game of the season. He still needs to get a test.
The initial fee is thought to be £100 million, and half of the extra payments are said to be easy to get. Brighton have also arranged a “sell-on” clause.
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This summer, Brighton set a price for Caicedo that was more than £100 million and said they didn’t think anyone would meet it. Chelsea is thought to have offered £80 million before.
Before the Seagulls’ game against Luton, manager Roberto de Zerbi told reporters that he had “already forgotten” about Caicedo. He also said, “Bigger clubs can buy our players, but they can’t buy our soul or spirit.”
Caicedo moved to Brighton from Independiente del Valle in Ecuador for £4m in February 2021, but he didn’t play his first game in the Premier League until April 2022.
In January of this year, he asked to leave Brighton. Arsenal made several offers for the midfielder, but they were all turned down. In March, he signed a new deal that will last until 2027.
Chelsea has already brought in Axel Disasi, Christopher Nkunku, Nicolas Jackson, Lesley Ugochukwu, Angelo Gabriel, Robert Sanchez, and Diego Moreira this summer. Caicedo will be their eighth new player.
The team finished 12th in the Premier League last year, and the new manager, Mauricio Pochettino, has been given the job of completely changing the team.
Mateo Kovacic, Edouard Mendy, Kalidou Koulibaly, N’Golo Kante, Mason Mount, Kai Havertz, Christian Pulisic, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Ethan Ampadu, Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang, Abdul Rahman Baba, and former captain Cesar Azpilicueta have all left so far this summer.
On Sunday, Chelsea’s first game in the Premier League was a 1-1 draw at home against Liverpool.