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

Report: Moises Caicedo set to join Chelsea after new £115m bid

Chelsea are set to outbid Liverpool in the race to sign Moises Caicedo from Brighton.

Caicedo has been at the centre of a messy transfer saga involving Liverpool and Chelsea, but it finally appears to be coming to a close.

After Liverpool bid £111 million for the Ecuadorian, Chelsea will trump that with a £115m offer, according to various sources.

The Telegraph reported: “The west London club are sorting out the final terms of the deal after agreeing to better Liverpool’s £111 million offer that was accepted this week.

2PAW3CP Moises Caicedo #25 of Brighton & Hove Albion during the Premier League match Leeds United vs Brighton and Hove Albion at Elland Road, Leeds, United Kingdom, 11th March 2023 (Photo by Flynn Duggan/News Images)

“Caicedo informed Liverpool that he only wants to join Chelsea, which has let the London club back in and after more than 24 hours of negotiations a deal is close to being fully agreed.

“Telegraph Sport understands that Chelsea are expected to pay £115 million, inclusive of add-ons for Caicedo who will sign a long-term deal.”

Elsewhere, DaveOCKOP who has been reliable on this story, said that “Chelsea have managed to secure the funds to sign the Ecuador player” and will sign him on a contract until 2031.

Reliable journalist Melissa Reddy also weighed in, saying: “They needed to eclipse Liverpool’s £111m offer plus compensate Brighton for dragging a deal after their deadline.

“As expected, they are doing whatever it takes to get Moises Caicedo, their primary target.”

Liverpool were in the driving seat to secure his services, having agreed a deal with Brighton. However, the player wanted a move to Chelsea.

The chances of the Reds coming back with an even bigger offer are slim, to say the least.

It comes as a blow for Liverpool who will now surely turn their attention back to Romeo Lavia of Southampton.

2R0M429 Southampton's Romeo Lavia during the Premier League match at City Ground, Nottingham. Picture date: Monday May 8, 2023.

The Reds have so far failed to meet the Saints’ £50m evaluation and matters were complicated further when Chelsea got involved in the bidding.

Whether Chelsea‘s offer for the 19-year-old was just part of their transfer games remain to be seen, especially given their seemingly non-existent FFP restrictions.

One thing is for sure, though, Liverpool are now on the back foot.