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Chelsea: Dharmesh Sheth gives update on Caicedo pursuit

Chelsea are still trying to sign midfielder Moises Caicedo in the January transfer window despite Brighton’s reluctance to sell, Dharmesh Sheth has claimed.

What’s the word?

The Blues are pursuing another January deal having already secured four big signings this month, and Graham Potter is keen to reunite with the Ecuador international, having previously brought him to the Premier League.

However, Brighton are adamant that they do not want to sell, and have already rejected a sizeable bid for the 21-year-old.

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Speaking on Sky Sports News, Sheth claimed that Chelsea are pursuing Caicedo with the intention of landing him this month, rather than in the summer.

He said: “We’ve been saying the whole window that Chelsea are not giving up on signing Moises Caicedo – not just in the summer, but in this transfer window.

“He’s not for sale, as far as Brighton are concerned. They’ve got no intention of selling him, they don’t need to sell him, they don’t want to sell him and they’re under no pressure to actually sell him; he’s still got two and a half years left on his contract.

“We are told, though, that what Chelsea would be prepared to pay just now and what Brighton would want… it’s my understanding that Chelsea and Brighton are not in the same ballpark with regard to how they value Moises Caicedo.”

Wait until the summer

Chelsea’s squad is now rather bloated, having made 14 transfers in Todd Boehly’s first two windows since becoming owner, and with the likes of Jorginho still at the club, they have plenty of options in midfield.

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Jorginho and N’Golo Kante could both leave for free in the summer – at which point, a central midfielder would perhaps become a priority, while the market may yet open up more for Caicedo or previous target Enzo Fernandez.

In our view, Chelsea may find better value in the market if they are prepared to wait until the end of the season than if they pay over the odds for Caicedo now.