Liverpool have reached an agreement with Brighton & Hove Albion for the acquisition of their midfielder, Moises Caicedo.
The English Premier League club led by Jurgen Klopp will break the British transfer record to secure the signing of the Ecuador International midfielder in a deal reportedly worth 111 million pounds.
The 21-year-old Brighton midfielder has been willing to depart the Amex Stadium this summer transfer window and Chelsea had looked like his desired destination.
However, Chelsea seem to have suffered a huge blow following the report that the Reds have reached an agreement with the former Independiente del Valle player.
The Blue ultimately bid 100 million pounds for the service of Moises Caicedo but were outbid by the Reds who tabled 11 million pounds extra.
The North London club led by Mauricio Pochettino made four bids for the Ecuadorian defensive midfielder before Liverpool came from behind with a bigger offer, a British transfer record of £111 million which Brighton have reportedly accepted.
Romeo Lavia, a target for Chelsea who had already had three offers for the adolescent rejected, was the focus of Liverpool’s attention.
Football insiders claim that personal terms for Caicedo should only be a formality as he now travels to Merseyside for a medical test.
Liverpool will spend more money than any other British club, even after already signing two new midfielders.
That record had been held by Enzo Fernandez’s January transfer to Chelsea, but the Reds are now prepared to spend heavily to get a headline target as they try to bring in fresh faces after a huge shakeup at Anfield that saw players like Jordan Henderson and Fabinho depart suddenly.
Following Liverpool’s agreement for Moises Caicedo, Jurgen Klopp said; “I got told I can confirm the Moises Caicedo deal is agreed with the club”.
“With the player, we will have to see. Medical today? I can’t tell you, I don’t know”.
He added; “We give it a go and the club have really stretched it, to be honest”.
Jurgen Klopp is looking to enhance his squad after a poor season in which Liverpool missed out on the Champions League, and close to £100m has already been spent on Alexis Mac Allister and Dominik Szoboszlai.
For weeks, Southampton’s Romeo Lavia, who is valued at £50 million, was the club’s top target; but, they have recently switched their attention to the Seagulls star.
In the New Year, Caicedo tried to convince Brighton to leave when Arsenal were interested, but the player stayed and signed a new contract. His desire to join an elite club has never been a secret, and Liverpool have finally given him that opportunity.
The Seagulls, who previously transferred Mac Allister to the Reds, made history by qualifying for Europe last season and had wanted to keep their defensive midfielder.
However, the side are now preparing to sell him for a significant profit only days before the new season begins because they are realistic about the situation.
The midfielder’s agent, Chris Williams, reportedly claimed that an agreement had been discussed with the Merseyside club side in January.
Though it’s uncertain whether Caicedo will rank among the club’s greatest earners, it’s expected that his new compensation would be hugely enhanced.
Following former Brighton teammate Alexis Mac Allister and Hungary captain Dominik Szoboszlai, Caicedo will be Anfield’s third summer addition.
The 21-year-old midfielder has played 32 times for Ecuador and 53 times for Brighton.
What’s next for Liverpool?
The Reds will travel to the North London side to face Chelsea in their opening game of the 2023/2024 English Premier League campaign on Sunday, 13th of August, 2023.