Brighton have responded to Arsenal, Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea’s interest in Moises Caicedo and are planning contract talks with the Ecuadorian midfielder.
The Seagulls signed Caicedo from Independiente del Valle in January 2021 but loaned the player to Belgian club Beerschot later that year.
Since returning to the south coast earlier this summer, Caicedo has established himself as a key member of Brighton’s squad and has started all six of the club’s Premier League games so far this season.
Caicedo’s form has attracted interest from a number of big clubs, with Arsenal, Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea all reportedly watching his situation.
Arsenal considered signing a new midfielder in the summer and saw several offers for Brazil international Douglas Luiz rejected by Aston Villa.
Man United are also keen to boost Erik ten Hag’s options despite the signings of Casemiro from Real Madrid and Christian Eriksen on free transfers.
Liverpool’s exhausted midfield has already become a problem for Jurgen Klopp this season and the Reds are likely to seek reinforcements during the January transfer window.
Chelsea, meanwhile, were interested in a move for Caicedo ahead of Graham Potter’s appointment but those ties are likely to intensify after the former Brighton manager’s move to Stamford Bridge.
While Brighton sold Marc Cucurella to Chelsea and Yves Bissouma to Tottenham, they are reluctant to lose Caicedo and are now planning to sit down with the midfielder to discuss a new deal.
The Daily Mirror say Brighton are ready to reward Caicedo with a new deal that will bring his salaries closer to first-team regulars.
Asked about interest in Caicedo during his final days at Brighton, Potter said: “You never know in football but we’re pretty calm and confident [of keeping him].
“You’d probably get his boots from the chairman for that – maybe! 100 million pounds? You can try. It doesn’t surprise me that people look at him because he’s playing at a fantastic level.
“Once you research him you realize he’s a top kid, a great person, young, plays in the Premier League and has all the qualities to play at the very highest level.”
Caicedo, meanwhile, insists he is “very happy” at Brighton and is paying no heed to transfer speculation.
“I’m very happy here in Brighton,” he said earlier this month. “I can’t think of any club other than Brighton.
“This is the club I am at now and I will give my all for this club and continue to do well here.”
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