According to Studio Football (via Paisley Gates), Liverpool are preparing a bid for Brighton & Hove Albion midfielder Moises Caicedo whose transfer fee has now been confirmed to be around £42.3 million (€50 million).
The Reds’ are in need of a new midfielder and Borussia Dortmund Jude Bellingham has been heavily linked to them for next summer. However, in light of injuries to Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Thiago Alcantara this summer, they have recently been linked with a move for a new midfielder, and Caicedo from Brighton is the name being mentioned.
Fabio Carvalho and Darwin Nunez, two young players with experience of playing at the highest level, were recently signed by the Reds. Caicedo could be another of such signing as he is just 20 and already has Premier League experience.
Caicedo played against Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur, and both Manchester clubs despite making only eight Premier League appearances last season. He also scored against United.
In both of Brighton’s games so far this season, he has played full 90 minutes including the 2-1 victory over the Red Devils at Old Trafford.
Caicedo is a defensive midfielder with Central midfield abilities. The Ecuadorian could be seen as Fabinho’s long-term defensive midfield successor.
It might be a risky move to pay about £42 million for a midfielder from Brighton, but the Reds are known for spending a lot of money on players they desperately need. Virgil van Dijk and Darwin Nunez are some of such examples.
Liverpool face competition for Moises Caicedo
Moises Caicedo is not only being wanted by Liverpool. The Brighton player has also drawn interest from arch-rivals Manchester United.
However, the aforementioned source claims that Caicedo is not interested in a move to Old Trafford. Therefore, the Reds are in pole position to sign the Ecuadorian this summer.
Monday’s Premier League match between Liverpool and Manchester United takes place at Old Trafford (August 22), and both teams are yet to record a win this season.
While Manchester United lost both of their opening games of the season to languish at the bottom of the table, Liverpool drew both of theirs.