Brighton midfielder Moises Caicedo is ‘not a serious option’ for Liverpool this summer despite Fabinho’s impending departure, it has been reported, as Chelsea remain in the driving seat for any deal for the Ecuadorian star.
The Brazilian has been left out of Liverpool’s pre-season squad heading to Germany, with personal terms having already been agreed for him to head to Saudi Arabia and join Al-Ittihad for a fee of £40m, where he will join the likes of N’Golo Kante, Karim Benzema and Jota.
The Reds have already signed Alexis Mac Allister and Dominik Szoboszlai in recent weeks for a combined fee of over £100m, but will certainly dip back into the market for additions should Fabinho ultimately depart, a move which seems increasingly likely.
According to the Athletic, four players have been earmarked as potential successors to the Brazilian, though an £80m move for Caicedo seems unlikely, with the same report claiming that ‘Moises Caicedo is not viewed as a serious option with the Brighton midfielder expected to join Chelsea’.
The four options?
One of those linked with a move to Anfield this summer is Romeo Lavia, who has been considered among Jurgen Klopp’s top targets and with a £40m price tag on his head, the teenager is also admired by Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United.
Another that has been long linked with a move to Liverpool is Ryan Gravenberch, who is keen on first team football after a disappointing season with German champions Bayern Munich.
The very impressive Sofyan Amrabat, who is also wanted by Manchester United and Barcelona, is another name on their wishlist, with the Moroccan having shot to stardom for his role in helping the African side into the semi-finals of the World Cup in Qatar.
In a perhaps shock twist, and probably the least likely to make a move, Manchester City midfielder Kalvin Phillips is also thought to be under consideration, despite the Englishman having already expressed his desire to stay with the Etihad side this summer after a tricky first season.