Chelsea Considering Player Swap Deal To Lower Brighton's Asking Price For Moises Caicedo
The Seagulls are reluctant to part ways with the Ecuadorian midfielder, who has attracted interest from both Chelsea and Arsenal. However, Brighton's hefty transfer fee demand has posed a significant obstacle in negotiations.
Arsenal, despite their previous interest and several substantial bids made in January, has already cooled their pursuit due to the potential cost and their pursuit of Declan Rice from West Ham.
While Chelsea appeared to have a clear path to pursue Caicedo, talks are progressing slowly due to the club's conservative transfer approach.
Having spent £600 million in the previous two transfer windows, Chelsea is being cautious with their spending.
However, in an effort to lower Brighton's asking price for Caicedo, Mauricio Pochettino is looking to trim Chelsea's squad and potentially include three playersin the deal.
Levi Colwill and Billy Gilmour, who spent the season on loan with Brighton, have piqued the interest of the south-coast side.
Brighton has already made a £30 million bid for Colwill and is considering an improved offer of £40 million.
Additionally, Brighton has expressed interest in two other Chelsea players, Armando Broja and Conor Gallagher, according to The Athletic.
Broja, who has been recovering from an ACL injury since December, could be loaned or transferred permanently, while Gallagher could serve as a direct replacement for Caicedo in midfield.
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Brighton sees the potential for Levi Colwill to return to their team and compete for a starting spot under manager Roberto De Zerbi.
Everton and West Ham have previously expressed interest in Broja, and his inclusion in the swap deal could significantly reduce Caicedo's price.
Gallagher, facing Financial Fair Play concerns at Chelsea, could be released to comply with regulations.
The existing goodwill between Chelsea and Brighton, following previous player exchanges and staff movements between the clubs, could facilitate the potential trade of multiple players this summer.
Despite Chelsea's inability to offer Champions Leaguefootballnext season, Moises Caicedo's agent, Manuel Sierre, has expressed openness to a potential move to the London club. "Let's see [what happens]," said Sierre. "We are open to listen [for all offers]."
As negotiations continue between Chelsea and Brighton, the possibility of a player swap deal involving Levi Colwill, Billy Gilmour, Armando Broja, and Conor Gallagher is being explored.
The outcome could provide a mutually beneficial solution, enabling Brighton to secure promising players while potentially lowering the transfer fee for the highly sought-after Moises Caicedo.
Chelsea is considering a player swap deal to persuade Brighton to lower their asking price for Moises Caicedo.
Talks are progressing slowly due to Chelsea's conservative transfer approach, but the potential inclusion of Levi Colwill, Billy Gilmour, Armando Broja, and Conor Gallagher in the deal could benefit both clubs.
Brighton's interest in these players and the existing relationship between the two clubs may pave the way for a successful trade.
The agent of Moises Caicedo has also expressed openness to a move to Chelsea. Negotiations continue as both sides explore options to reach an agreement.