Brighton are readying a new contract for star midfielder Moises Caicedo in the coming weeks as they look to tie the Ecuadorian’s future to the AMEX stadium for the foreseeable future.
The Seagulls have enjoyed a very strong start to the season, currently sitting in 4th place in the Premier League, having lost just once so far (2-1 to Fulham). However, while they are flying high in spite of the fact that they sold two of their best players this summer, they have now also lost Graham Potter to Chelsea, with the Blues making him the most expensive manager in history last week.
And, though they are categorised as a selling club, Brighton are one of the best at getting value for their players, with both Marc Cucurella and Ben White having departed for fees over £50m in the last two summers.
Now, they are looking to ensure that they can charge a premium for another star, in the shape of Moises Caicedo, who was reportedly on Liverpool’s radar towards the end of the transfer window.
The Ecuadorian could have joined Manchester United when he moved to England, but the Red Devils turned down the opportunity and instead he joined the South Coast side, where he has become a regular in their engine room.
And it is thought that Potter may be keen to take Caicedo to Stamford Bridge with him in January. However, Brighton are readying a new contract to keep the youngster at the AMEX, according to the Mail.
“[Brighton] will now look to reward the progress he has made this year with a package that will bring his wages closer in line with other first-team regulars”, they report.
“Caicedo still has almost three years to run on his contract but Brighton want to protect his value.”
It is unclear how much Caicedo would cost an interested party, but Potter joked earlier in the transfer window that £42m would only buy a club his boots.
Quizzed on a potential offer, he joked: “You’d probably get his boots for that from the chairman - maybe! £100m? They can try”
A new contract would only increase that value.