BRIGHTON & HOVE, ENGLAND - Saturday, January 14, 2023: Brighton & Hove Albion's Moisés Caicedo during the FA Premier League match between Brighton & Hove Albion FC and Liverpool FC at the Falmer Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Moises Caicedo transfer latest: Liverpool remain in the hunt

As of late Friday night, Liverpool remain in the hunt for Moises Caicedo’s signature despite Chelsea‘s ongoing attempts to hijack their £110 million move for the Brighton midfielder.

The Reds agreed a British record fee for the Ecuadorian on Thursday evening after the Seagulls placed a deadline for interested clubs to place bids.

However, they have been frustrated in attempts to put the finishing touches to the transfer despite having laid plans to bring the player to Merseyside for a medical on Friday.

That has been credited to another firm push from Chelsea, who are expected to return with an improved offer as they look to salvage a move for a player they have trailed for months.

But This Is Anfield understands that Liverpool have yet to respond to that development by withdrawing from the race for Caicedo’s signature.

As the only club to agree a deal with Brighton, the Reds remain in the driving seat in the short term at least.

And that would remain the case if Chelsea do not return with a bid that exceeds their £110 million agreement with Brighton.

2K6GAKY 08 Oct 2022 - Brighton and Hove Albion v Tottenham Hotspur - Premier League - Amex Stadium Brighton's Moises Caicedo during the Premier League match at the Amex Stadium. Picture : Mark Pain / Alamy Live News

Still, personal terms are not expected to be an issue for the London club given the groundwork they have put in with the player’s camp since January.

That contrasts sharply with Liverpool, who it is understood had far less contact with Caicedo’s agents in that period, with their initial focus on other targets.

Their late pivot to the 21-year-old came amid frustration in talks with Southampton for Romeo Lavia, who reports now suggest is also being targeted by Chelsea.