According to The Mirror, the Gunners – as well as West Ham United – are believed to be ‘keeping tabs’ on the 20-year-old’s progress, while Premier League rivals Manchester United are ‘weighing up’ a move for the Ecuadorian gem.
The 23-cap starlet only cost the Seagulls £4.5m to sign him from Independiente del Valle back in February, although the suggestion is that Graham Potter’s side would likely be able to make a sizeable profit were they to cash in this summer.
Another key departure from the Amex this summer was that of Yves Bissouma, with the Mali international joining Tottenham Hotspur for a fee of around £25m after having starred at his former club in recent seasons.
His partner-in-crime in the centre of the park last term had been that of Caicedo, with the younger man having since taken on his ex-teammate’s midfield mantle to become the real heartbeat of Potter’s side.
Having seen their north London rivals snap up Bissouma, those at the Emirates will be hoping they can land their own version of the 25-year-old in Caicedo, with the 5 foot 10 sensation having already showcased his remarkable talent in the early weeks of the new campaign.
Dubbed a “terrific player” by South American football expert Tim Vickery, the £5.4m-rated man was at his dazzling best in the opening day victory over Erik ten Hag’s Red Devils at Old Trafford, making the hosts pay for their decision not to sign him just over 18 months ago.
The £3.5k-per-week destroyer produced an imperious performance without seemingly breaking a sweat, with journalist Josh Bunting lauding him for his “sensational” display as the visitors ran out deserved 2-1 winners.
That outing saw him record a hugely impressive 8.0 match rating, as per SofaScore – the third highest among his teammates – having enjoyed a remarkable 92% pass accuracy rate and completed four clearances, three tackles and two interceptions.
His performance also saw journalist Raj Chohan liken him to his former teammate, as he stated: “Looks like he has Bissouma’s work rate defensively but an additional threat going forwards.”
Caicedo himself has also previously given his backing to such comparisons, stating back in March that: “While I’m not at his level yet and much younger, I like to think I am a similar player in terms of the way I play. I can break up the play and I can push forward, I can do both sides, although I see myself as more of an attacking player.”
Such a claim will no doubt have caught the eye of Arteta and co, with it undoubtedly huge praise to compare him to a player such as Bissouma, who has previously been dubbed an “exceptional footballer” by Gary Lineker.
Having seemingly missed out on signing the new Spurs addition after rampant speculation earlier this summer, Arteta could well soften that blow by signing another Brighton, midfield machine in Caicedo.