Liverpool are reportedly considering a firm approach to Brighton for Moises Caicedo in the January window – and one observer has explained exactly how Jurgen Klopp’s side can win the transfer race.
The Ecuador star has a growing reputation in the game after impressing in his short time at Brighton. While only having 14 Premier League appearances to his name, he has made a major impression in that time. Indeed, he has been a regular in the Seagulls side this season, featuring in all six of their games so far.
That has seen Caicedo playing a starring role with Brighton having suffered just one loss so far. Indeed, they will face a serious test of their mettle on Saturday when they travel to face Liverpool at Anfield on Saturday afternoon.
That should also give Klopp the chance to take a closer look at the 20-year-old midfielder.
Indeed, he is being strongly linked with a move to Anfield ahead of the January window.
The Reds will focus on strengthening their midfield in 2023 after being caught short this season. Injuries to a number of key stars have left Klopp short on numbers. And in a recent Champions League clash, they started with James Milner and Harvey Elliott alongside Fabinho.
Milner turns 37 in January and this will surely be his final season at Anfield. Furthermore, time appears to be catching up with both Jordan Henderson and Thiago Alcantara. Both men are the wrong side of 30 and have both suffered with injury this season.
Furthermore, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Naby Keita are both free agents next summer and appear likely to depart.
The Reds’ No 1 target is, by all accounts Jude Bellingham. The England star, however, may cost in excess of £100m, with Henderson making clear his opinions of the Borussia Dortmund star.
Liverpool told how they can seal Moises Caicedo transfer
However, the capture of Bellingham alone is likely to be enough. As such, a deal for Caicedo may also be in their thinking with the January window now just 92 days away from opening.
Indeed, pundit Kevin Campbell is adamant that Caicedo will be on their radar. Speaking to Football Insider, he’s explained how the Reds can beat rival suitors Manchester United and Chelsea to his signature.
And he reckons a firm offer of £50m in January will leave Brighton with no option but to sell.
“At the end of the day, if you put £50million on the table you will get him,” Campbell said.
“There will be many other clubs interested in him. I think a few clubs would be willing to put down that sort of money for Caicedo.
“He is so young. He has a great future ahead of him. Everybody will want to get hold of him. Clubs are willing to invest big money in top young players.
“Caicedo is doing a brilliant job at Brighton. I think we will see Chelsea go for him now that Graham Potter is there. These things have a funny way of working out. Potter may go back and get him.
“It will be interesting to see where he ends up. The key for Liverpool is adding quality to that midfield. Caicedo would be a really good option.”
Chelsea surely the main competition
With Potter now at Chelsea, the Blues surely look the most likely rivals to Liverpool for his signature.
Potter is facing some major obstacles in his midfield, with both N’Golo Kante and Jorginho nearing the end of their deals. Indeed, both players are being strongly linked with moves to Serie A with their contracts expiring next summer.
Potter would like to secure both players to new arrangements. However, in Kante’s case, especially, he is seemingly ready to take on one final career challenge.
His loss will be huge to the Blues with the Frenchman a key component in their side over recent seasons.
But in Caicedo, Potter knows he is one such player who can replace him. At 20, the Ecuadorian could have another decade at least at the top.
As such, while £50m may appear a hefty fee, it could prove a shrewd investment were he to replicate Kante’s success.