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Chelsea can sign their “crown jewel” in Moises Caicedo

Chelsea are reportedly set to wage a transfer war against their Premier League rivals for the capture of Brighton & Hove Albion midfielder Moises Caicedo, who has been subject to interest regarding his future across recent months.

Last month, The Sun reported that the Blues would be rivalled by Newcastle United and Manchester United in the scramble for the 21-year-old’s signature, but attention has fallen into the direction of the Red Devils since the report, with the Old Trafford club in dire need of a midfield addition themselves.

Now, according to reports from Spain, Chelsea boss Graham Potter is set to swoop for the Ecuadorian in the coming weeks, who could be a triumphant replacement for the scintillating, all-encompassing pivot that is N’Golo Kante.

The report adds that Potter is looking to replenish the ranks at Stamford Bridge, with Chelsea losing four of their last five matches across all competitions and languishing in eighth place in the Premier League after 14 matches played.

Could be Chelsea’s “crown jewel”

Caicedo could be the man to not only get the west London outfit back on track, but guide them on a new path which leads towards prosperous future fortunes, cementing a place in the Blues’ midfield and allowing the team to soar.

Signing for Brighton for just £4.5m on the 2021 summer transfer deadline day, the Seagulls could be in for a lucrative payday if they decide to part with one of their most coveted assets, with a price tag of £85m (as per The Mirror) illustrating his meteoric rise.

Indeed, that has led Ecuadorian football historian Enrico Castro-Montes to herald the Seagulls star as a “crown jewel” who could become one of the pre-eminent names on the global footballing landscape in the coming years.

Lauded as a “wonderkid” by salient Chelsea fan Frank Khalid, the 21-year-old ranks within the top 16% for tackles and the top 18% for blocks when compared to positional peers across Europe’s top five leagues over the past 12 months, as per FBref, with his defensive pedigree rising by the year.

Caicedo would indeed alleviate pressure in his position during a time of great need for the Blues, with Kante’s and Jorginho’s contracts both currently set to expire at the end of the campaign, and his former Brighton manager must go all-out to try and lure him from Sussex to west London.

The 28-cap gem would be a fine addition to the Chelsea ranks, a signing of genuine world-class potential to usher in new life at Stamford Bridge and serve as a catalyst for positive change as the Potter era properly starts to take shape.