Liverpool’s record-breaking deal for Moises Caicedo is not done yet, with contrasting claims over whether a move to Chelsea could still be on.
An offer of £111 million arrived from Anfield, eclipsing the £100 million bid from Stamford Bridge, and on Friday morning Jurgen Klopp confirmed a deal had been agreed.
However, the manager was keen to stress that nothing was finalised yet, with Caicedo due to undergo a medical and sign off on personal terms.
There has been a new twist just over an hour later, then, with reports from London that Chelsea are still looking to hijack the deal.
Delaney explained that there is a belief at Chelsea that “they have a superior offer to the player and that they can trump the Anfield club on price.”
Caicedo has been based in London after leaving training with Brighton earlier in the week, and was expected to head to Merseyside for the next stages of his move.
Sky Sports’ Dharmesh Sheth has claimed, though, that the midfielder is now “having second thoughts” over whether to take up Liverpool’s offer.
The reporter explains that Caicedo and his agents are still in London, though there had been “no official word [that] Chelsea have returned.”
But it is maintained from their side that “as far as they are aware Brighton have closed the deal and accepted Liverpool’s offer.”
Williams added: “There is no issue with Liverpool’s offer, either to the player or to Brighton. Medical is booked and Caicedo is expected to travel to Liverpool shortly but Chelsea are trying everything to open channels with Brighton again.”
“While Chelsea haven’t thrown in the towel – offering the player improved personal terms – it’d take a lot for them to sway this,” Reddy wrote.
EXCLUSIVE: Moisés Caicedo has just informed Liverpool that he only wants to join Chelsea! ???? #CFC
Caicedo has decided to keep his word and only accept Chelsea as personal terms were agreed since end of May.
Chelsea, set to bid again in order to get deal done with Brighton. pic.twitter.com/HI3geVVq9Z
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) August 11, 2023
According to journalist Fabrizio Romano, Caicedo has now informed Liverpool he will only join Chelsea.
It remains to be seen how the situation will pan out, or whether Brighton will reopen negotiations having already agreed terms with Liverpool.
That failed and Caicedo went on to sign a new five-year contract with Brighton in March, increasing his price tag vastly with no release clause included.