Brighton manager Graham Potter has laughed off reports that Liverpool could sign Moises Caicedo for £42m.
Jurgen Klopp’s side are believed to be the club most likely to make a bid for the player before the transfer window shuts, despite the Ecuadorian international having links to a number of clubs, including Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester United, and West Ham. Potter, though, claims that £42 million would only be enough for Caicedo’s boots, suggesting the Seagulls have a much higher valuation of the midfielder:
‘In football, you never know, but we are quite calm and confident. You’d probably get his boots for that from the chairman – maybe! £100m? They can try. It doesn’t surprise me that people are looking at him because he is playing at a fantastic level. 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.’
While some may dismiss Potter’s comments as bluster, it should be pointed out that Brighton did hold out for £62m when they sold Marc Cucurella to Chelsea. It’s, therefore, unlikely that they are bluffing when it comes to Caicedo.
The 20-year-old only recently moved to the Amex for £4.5 million eighteen months ago, and based on the club’s attitude over his asking price, it appears that he won’t be leaving the south coast anytime soon.