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Moises Caicedo to spark January scramble with Liverpool given unlikely leg up by Chelsea, as reason Man Utd previously steered clear emerges

Brighton midfielder Moises Caicedo

Brighton’s newest hottest property, Moises Caicedo, will spark a slew of January offers, and the interest levels of Man Utd, Chelsea and Liverpool have all been detailed.

The central midfielder, 20, has been on Brighton’s books for over 18 months. Caicedo was signed from Ecuadorian side Independiente del Valle in the winter window, though featured just 10 times in his first season-and-a-half in England.

His time was split between Brighton and a loan spell in Belgium with Beerschot. However, upon returning to the AMEX this summer, Caicedo has been a man on a mission.

He’s started all six of Brighton’s league matches this term and has made light work of the difficult task of replacing Yves Bissouma in the engine room.

His stock is on the rise and in recent weeks, Caicedo has been linked to the Premier League’s elite.

He emerged on Man Utd’s radar during the summer before Erik ten Hag moved for Casemiro.

Liverpool’s need for a midfield overhaul has been well documented, while Chelsea’s interest has been enhanced since poaching ex-Brighton boss Graham Potter. However, the Blues did admire the 20-year-old before Potter arrived.

Indeed, Football Insider recently reported both Chelsea and Liverpool ‘registered their interest in Caicedo’ before the September 1 transfer deadline. Potter was not appointed until September 8.

Regarding Man Utd, Caicedo has been urged to join the Red Devils by former United captain and fellow Ecuadorian, Antonio Valencia.

Furthermore, Caicedo previously told the Athletic it was his “dream” to join Manchester United.

Caicedo’s future is one that will make the headlines after the World Cup. Now, CBS Sports journalist, Ben Jacobs, has shed light on where he might end up.

Bids coming, as Chelsea make Liverpool life easier

Jacobs tweeted ‘offers are expected’ from Premier League sides in January. While he didn’t outright state who will bid, he did stress both Liverpool and Chelsea are keeping tabs on Caicedo’s situation.

However, the Reds may get an unlikely boost from Chelsea in any transfer battle.

That’s because Chelsea’s primary midfield target in January at present is Ajax’s Edson Alvarez. Potter’s arrival could change that, but for now at least, Alvarez is their primary focus.

If Chelsea do move for the Mexican, Liverpool may have one less competitor for Caicedo.

Jacobs offered little on Man Utd’s interest levels, though did repeat Caicedo’s quote about dreaming of playing for Man Utd one day.

Regarding cost, it’s expected Brighton would ‘want at least £50m’ for the player. That is indication of just how highly Caicedo is thought of despite having so few games under his belt.

Why did Man Utd, Liverpool avoid Caicedo in 2021?

Brighton originally paid just £4.5m to sign him straight from Ecuador. The reason why they were able to pull off what has since become an incredible bargain was the player’s situation with his agents.

Jacobs added both Man Utd and Liverpool were interested in signing Caicedo back in 2021. However, high agents fees resulted in both clubs turning up their noses.

Given Caicedo is now more of a ‘sure thing’ if signed, logic dictates those reservations might not still be held.

Regarding Brighton’s perspective, it’s noted they hope Caicedo will remain on the south coast for the long haul.

His current deal doesn’t expire until 2025, though they hope a fresh extension will be signed. Man Utd, Chelsea and Liverpool may yet have a say in the matter.