Moises Caicedo has issued a statement requesting that Brighton allow him to leave the club for a move to Arsenal before the January window closes.
In an effort to keep hold of the midfielder past the January transfer window, Brighton are said to have rejected a £60 million approach from Arsenal.
However, the Ecuadorian, 21, has now posted on social media in an effort to expedite his exit since the window is scheduled to end on Tuesday.
Caicedo shared a photo of the Brighton badge along with the following statement on Instagram: “I am grateful to Mr. Bloom and Brighton for giving me the chance to come to the Premier League and I feel I have always done my best for them. I always play football with a smile and with heart.”
“I am the youngest of 10 siblings from a poor upbringing in Santa Domingo in Ecuador.”
“My dream always to be the most decorated player in the history of Ecuador.”
This week, Mikel Arteta, the manager of Arsenal, admitted: “We need more cover in midfield but it’s pretty complicated to do that in this market”.
In the same vein, Brighton turned down Chelsea’s £55 million offer for Caicedo.
The South Coast club has a history of refusing to negotiate and has refused to sell Ben White, Marc Cucurella, and Yves Bissouma.
And it’s said that they may seek up to £100 million for Caicedo, who they only paid £4.5 million for two years ago when they acquired him from the Ecuadorian club Independiente del Valle.
It is unclear if Arsenal would be willing to pay that much, especially considering that they recently acquired Leandro Trossard from Brighton for an initial fee of £21 million plus up to $5 million in add-ons.
Jakub Kiwior, a Polish defender, was also acquired by the Gunners from Spezia for an original fee of £17.5 million.
Buying teams were aware that they would pay as much as £88 million for winger Mykhailo Mudryk before he recently signed with Chelsea.
After Arsenal missed out of Mudryk’s deal, Arteta was given the go-ahead to make significant purchases this month.
If Arsenal is unable to secure Caicedo, Martin Zubimendi of Real Sociedad and Amadou Onana of Everton are being monitored as options.
However, they anticipate making at least one revised offer for the tough-tackling World Cup star from Ecuador, Moises Caicedo, and remain optimistic that a deal will be reached before the window closes.
Moisés Isaac Caicedo Corozo, an Ecuadorian professional football player who competes for both his country’s national team and Premier League side Brighton & Hove Albion, was born on November 2, 2001.
At the age of 13, Caicedo enrolled in Independiente del Valle’s youth academy. In 2019, he joined the main team.
On October 1, 2019, Caicedo made his Independiente del Valle debut in a 1-0 victory over L.D.U. Quito in the Ecuadorian Serie A.
Caicedo signed a four-and-a-half year contract with Brighton & Hove Albion in England on February 1, 2021, for an undisclosed sum.
Brighton’s Reaction To Caicedo’s Plea
In reaction to Moises Caicedo’s request to leave the club, Brighton has instructed him to skip training until after Tuesday’s transfer deadline.
On Friday night, Caicedo made it apparent that he wanted to depart, writing on Instagram that he would be “happy to be able to bring in a record transfer fee for Brighton.”
The 21-year-old Ecuadorian has only been working with the Seagulls’ first squad since the summer, and Chelsea has also expressed interest in the player. Arsenal has already had a £60 million proposal for the player rejected this transfer window.
According to reports, Brighton has explicitly stated to Arsenal that Moises Caicedo is not for sale.
Caicedo has also been made aware by Brighton that he cannot leave during this window.
They understand that the attention in him has turned his head, so they have given him a few days off to clear his thoughts before the rest of the season.
Caicedo stated earlier this week that his attention was completely on his current club on the Brighton website.
Leandro Trossard has already made the £27 million switch from Brighton to Arsenal during this transfer window, but Brighton are desperately holding onto Caicedo.