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Caicedo seeks Brighton talks in bid to lower £100m price tag

Moises Caicedo and his representatives will seek further talks with Brighton to try to persuade the club to bring their asking price down from £100m, according to The Times.

Chelsea had a bid of £80m for Caicedo rejected on Thursday and Brighton’s hard stance is a source of growing frustration for the 21-year-old. 

Chelsea have now had three bids for Caicedo knocked back, all of which would have guaranteed Brighton a huge profit on a player they signed for £4.5m in 2021.

The club’s high valuation is based on Caicedo having four years left on the contract he signed in March, while £100m would appear to represent the market value for elite central midfielders joining top Premier League clubs.

Declan Rice moved to Arsenal from West Ham this summer in a deal worth £105m, while Chelsea paid Benfica about £107m to buy Enzo Fernandez in January.

Caicedo and his representatives are keen to handle the matter sensitively out of respect for Brighton after the Ecuadorian’s public plea to be let go in January fell on deaf ears. 

Arsenal had bids of £60m and £70m rejected and subsequently signed Jorginho from Chelsea instead.

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