Brighton manager Graham Potter has declared that chairman Tony Bloom would likely immediately reject a £42million Liverpool bid for Moises Caicedo.
The Seagulls signed the Ecuador international from Independiente in his home country last year. After a loan spell in Belgium, Caicedo has slotted in nicely with his Premier League club.
The 20-year-old has played every minute of Brighton’s league campaign so far. And that run has seen Brighton remain unbeaten after four games, including a 2-1 win over Manchester United.
As such, reports of late summer interest from Liverpool in Caicedo has emerged.
Following a U-turn from manager Jurgen Klopp, the Reds are now looking for midfield reinforcements before Thursday’s transfer deadline. Reports have claimed Brighton could handle a £42million bid for Caicedo from Anfield.
Speaking in a press conference, though, Seagulls boss Potter claimed chairman Bloom would look for a lot more.
“I think you’d probably get his boots for that from the chairman maybe, knowing the chairman,” Potter said. “It’s not for me to talk about. It is what it is.”
When asked if Liverpool would have to be closer to £100million, Potter replied: “Yeah, well, they can try.”
Liverpool target Caicedo backed by Brighton
While Potter was reluctant to discuss his star midfielder’s future, he was more than happy to discuss Caicedo’s potential.
“Well, it doesn’t surprise me that people are looking at him because he is playing at a fantastic level,” Potter said.
“And as soon as you do research on him, you realise he is a top kid, great person, young, playing in the Premier League, has all the attributes to play at the very, very highest level.
“So, no surprise, but we know the position he is in, and we know the position the club are in, which is we don’t want to lose him, and we don’t think we will.
“But in football, you never know. That is how it is, but we are quite calm and confident.”
Seagulls star likely to stay
It seems as if Brighton will resist any approaches for Caicedo late on in the summer transfer window, whatever the fee.
His value is rapidly increasing as the season goes on and it will only continue to do so if Caicedo continues to perform.
Tied in with that, Brighton will hope to see the youngster’s form continue to improve.
It remains to be seen who Liverpool end up with in their midfield search, but Brighton should definitely resist all offers this summer, with just a matter of hours now left in the window.
The Seagulls are one of the in-form teams early on this season and Potter will be excited about where his team could go.
If they continue to impress, Caicedo could become even more of a cornerstone in Potter’s plans than he already is.