Chelsea could swoop in for Caicedo
Chelsea have already had a bid rejected for Moises Caicedo this month and now a new update has emerged from a reliable source on the club’s pursuit of the player.
What’s the latest?
According to CBS reporter Ben Jacobs, a move for Caicedo will be “one to watch” as Chelsea could attempt another swoop for the Brighton and Hove Albion midfielder in the remaining days of the transfer window.
When asked on Twitter if Chelsea are likely to sign a midfielder during this window, Jacobs responded:
“That’s the plan… they are being ambitious, and it’s always tough mid-season, but they’ll be pushing for one right up until the window shuts. Caicedo remains one to watch.”
Imagine him & Kovacic
There is no doubt that Caicedo has become one of the hottest young prospects in the Premier League since becoming a consistent feature at his current club and has attracted attention not only from Chelsea but also Liverpool too.
The Blues are definitely in a position to bolster and refresh their midfield personnel especially with Jorginho and N’Golo Kante set for an exit from Stamford Bridge this summer when their contracts expire, so bringing in a defensive-minded midfielder like the Brighton ace would certainly make sense.
Over 18 Premier League appearances this season, the 21-year-old has scored one goal, registered one assist and tallied up an impressive 88% pass completion rate, as well as averaging 73.1 touches, 1.1 key passes, 1.4 interceptions, 2.9 tackles and 5.8 duels per game.
Not only that, the Ecuadorian talent ranks in the top 25% of his positional peers across the top five European leagues for pass completion, tackles and interceptions, whilst ranking in the Premier League’s top five players for tackles in the opponent’s half and ninth for passes completed into the final third.
Graham Potter could form a formidable midfield partnership between Caicedo and Mateo Kovacic if the club can secure his signature this month, as combining the pair’s talents could make a huge difference in their efforts to climb the league table over the second half of the season.
The Croatian titan is renowned for his direct and deep-lying playmaking skills – ranking in the top 2% of his positional peers for progressive passes – so having another like-minded midfielder who is also prolific in the defensive traits needed from the deeper role in the centre of the pitch, could spark a great combination for Potter to deploy.
Should Chelsea pay £100m for Caicedo?
With that being said, if the powerbrokers at Stamford Bridge could secure the signing of Caicedo this month it would a great piece of business to get ahead in their much-needed midfield rebuild, however, it remains to be seen whether the club will be willing to match the player’s hefty £100m price tag over the next few days.