Chelsea have seen yet another big-money proposal for Brighton & Hove Albion star Moises Caicedo knocked back, according to reports.
The name of Ecuadorian international Caicedo, of course, has taken its place centre stage in the headlines in west London across the summer to date.
This comes after widespread confirmation was forthcoming that the 21-year-old had been identified as a chief midfield target on the part of the transfer team at Chelsea.
Prolonged negotiations, in turn, have followed, albeit with the Brighton hierarchy continuing to frustrate their counterparts at Stamford Bridge.
Prior to today, it is understood that Chelsea had tabled no fewer than three bids for Caicedo’s services, all of which were rejected.
And, as alluded to above, if the latest word stemming from the media is anything to go by, then, on Thursday, the Blues have been rebuffed once more.
As per transfer expert Fabrizio Romano:
‘Chelsea have submitted new bid for Moisés Caicedo in the last 24 hours.’
In a blow to all associated with the capital giants, however, the offer in question, worth a hefty £80 million, was ‘immediately rejected by Brighton’.
Though negotiations remain ‘ongoing’, a deal therefore remains some way off being struck, with Todd Boehly and co. no doubt increasingly tempted to pull the plug on their Caicedo pursuit, to turn attentions towards alternative midfield targets from across the continent.