The Lowdown: Big spenders
The Blues were extremely busy in the transfer window last summer and have continued to bring in players this month. Ukraine international Mykhaylo Mudryk has become the latest arrival at Stamford Bridge, taking the club’s spending since the start of the campaign to €425m.
It looks as if there could be more to come, though, with Caicedo, lauded as a ‘machine‘ by football talent scout Jacek Kulig, on their radar.
The Latest: Sky Sports update
Sky Sports reporter Dharmesh Sheth shared a story on Wednesday evening regarding Caicedo, where Chelsea were named. The report claimed that the Blues are one of three Premier League clubs chasing the central midfielder, however, Brighton are under no pressure to sell and don’t want to.
Director of global talent and transfers Paul Winstanley was actually involved in the deal that took Caicedo to the south coast, and it looks as if he might be keen on another transfer involving the Ecuador international.
The Verdict: Fits the bill…
The Blues have brought in a number of players aged 21 or younger such as Wesley Fofana, Benoit Badiashile, Carney Chukwuemeka, Andrey Santos and David Datro Fofana, with one eye potentially on the future.
Caicedo, who South American football expert Tim Vickery once dubbed a ‘terrific athlete‘ appears to be another star in the making and is currently valued at a career-high €38m by Transfermarkt, so seems to fit the bill in London.
He has worked under Graham Potter at Brighton, so the Chelsea manager will know all about the qualities of the central midfielder, who can also play in a holding role. Caicedo actually contributed to four goals in 16 appearances under Potter, and it looks as if a move before the end of the month may be one to watch, but it looks a tricky one to complete due to Brighton’s current stance.
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