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Moises Caicedo: Brighton dynamo issues come-and-get-me plea to Graham Potter and Chelsea

Moises Caicedo Brighton September 2022

Brighton midfielder Moises Caicedo has issued a come-and-get-me plea to Chelsea and said it would be a “dream” to follow Graham Potter to Stamford Bridge.

Potter left for the west London club earlier this week saying the challenge was “too big to turn down”. And Caicedo, who developed under Potter on the south coast, has revealed he is of the same mindset.

Ecuador international Caicedo has been earmarked to fill the boots of Yves Bissouma. And the 20-year-old has had a good start to the season, starting all six of Brighton’s games and scoring once.

His potential is well known but his dominant displays have had scouts flocking to check on the midfielder. And the links with the Premier League’s big clubs have quickly emerged.

Chelsea, Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester United are all understood to be keen on the player. Only this month Caicedo claimed he was “not thinking about any other club than Brighton”.

But in a new interview, Caicedo has admitted he would find it hard to turn down an offer from one of England’s big clubs.

“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,” he told Argentine outlet Olé.

“I think they [Chelsea] 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.”

Caicedo ‘happy’ for Potter

Speaking about Potter’s shock departure from Brighton, Caicedo said: “It made me very sad now that he left for Chelsea, because he helped me a lot and I wanted to continue having him as a manager, but that’s football.

“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.”

Caicedo broke into the Brighton first team last season after returning from a loan spell at Belgian side Beerschot.

He is under contract until 2025, but his rapid rise has got Brighton scrambling to offer him a new deal.

The Mirror claim Brighton are hoping to fend off potential suitors by beginning talks to improve Caicedo’s contract.