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Chelsea Are Preparing A Bid For This £70M Brighton Midfielder: Should Potter Snap Him up?

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According to Football.London, Chelsea are reportedly preparing a bid for Moises Caicedo of Brighton and Hove Albion. It is understood that the Blues are in need of a midfield reinforcement to revamp the central areas and push for the top four places as they find themselves in the 10th position of the Premier League table. However, the Seagulls have insisted that they will only allow their midfield ace to depart in the middle of the season if they receive an offer in the excess of £75 million.

Caicedo’s Impressive Run Of Form In The Premier League This Season

Caicedo has impressed with his recent performances in the central areas of the field as he has put in some influential displays defensively. The Ecuadorian midfielder has found the back of the net on one occasion and picked up an assist over eighteen appearances for the Seagulls so far this season.

The Santo Domingo-born sensation has been reliable in the centre of the park as he has averaged 2.9 tackles, 1.4 interceptions, 2.6 long balls and 1.1 key passes per game in the Premier League. He has also been accurate with his ball distribution after completing 87.9% of his attempted passes in the English top flight (stats via whoscored).

Stamford Bridge
Stamford Bridge

Should Potter Bring Him To Chelsea?

Caicedo has a strong defensive presence in the midfield areas; as he can make some clever interceptions and doesn’t mind putting his foot into a tackle. He excels at marking the opposition attackers and does well to win the ball back for his side. Furthermore, standing at just 1.78 meters he can surprisingly dominate his opponents in aerial duels.

The 21-year-old has proved that he has the potential to become one of the best holding midfielders in Europe and could certainly grow further at Stamford Bridge. However, with Roberto De Zerbi as their new manager, Chelsea would have to pay in the region of £70 million in order to convince them into selling their young prospect so early on.

Graham Potter could certainly try to bring him aboard if they make an irrefutable offer but assessing other options that could have the same impact as Caicedo would do them no harm before going all in for the youngster.

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