Liverpool and Manchester United were reportedly keen on signing Moises Caicedo before he joined Brighton but were ‘put off’ by a hidden fee.
Caicedo moved to the Seagulls for what looks like a snip at £4.5m from Independiente del Valle in February 2021.
He’s now being linked with a big money move to a top Premier League side, with Chelsea also thought to be keen, having impressed at the end of last term and at the start of the current campaign.
Caicedo could already be at either Liverpool or Manchester United had they not been put off by exorbitant agent fees, according to CBS Sports journalist Ben Jacobs.
Jacobs tweeted: ‘Liverpool’s interest in Moises Caicedo is long-standing dating back to his time at Independiente del Valle. The challenge back then was a complicated representation situation with a number agencies (including Kancha and PSM) claiming to act on his behalf.
‘Although the fee Brighton eventually paid was low (£4.5million) the agent fees were high. That put off Liverpool and Manchester United, too. Told Caicedo is now very relaxed about his future and will reassess after the World Cup.
‘Towards the end of the summer window, his representative agreement was running down, which caused a lot of instability and made it difficult for suitors. Caicedo also still under contract until 2025 and Brighton would love him to sign an even longer deal.’
‘Offers are expected in January with several Premier League clubs keeping tabs on situation including #LFC and #CFC. Chelsea’s current midfield priority is Ajax’s Edson Alvarez but it remains to seen whether Graham Potter and Kyle Macaulay change that.’
It’s thought that Chelsea would be a tempting proposition for Caicedo given Graham Potter – who brought the Ecuador international to Brighton – is now in charge at Stamford Bridge.
Caicedo admitted earlier this month that he was disappointed by Potter’s departure from the Amex.
“It made me very sad now that he [Potter] left for Chelsea, because he helped me a lot and I wanted to continue having him as a manager, but that’s football,” Caicedo said.
“You never know: today you can be here and tomorrow somewhere else, that’s the job of a footballer and a coach. At Brighton he worked very well and people love him very much. I’m very happy for him and for the great opportunity that was presented to him.”
Asked whether he could reunite with Potter at Chelsea, Caicedo said it would be a “dream” to play for “one of the best teams in the world”.
He added: “Right now I’m very focused on Brighton and the World Cup. I want to have a great World Cup and then we’ll see what happens.
“I think they are one of the best teams in the world and nobody would turn down an offer from Chelsea or any other club like that. It’d be a dream to be in the best teams in the world and succeed there.”