Midfielder Moises Caicedo was the subject of a £60 million bid from Arsenal, which was turned down by Brighton.
After Mohamed Elneny suffered a potentially season-ending injury in training, the Premier League leaders are eager to bolster their roster.
Mikel Arteta doesn’t want to further reduce Arsenal’s already small roster in the hopes of reviving the club’s title hopes.
Chelsea had reportedly offered £55 million for Brighton’s 21-year-old defender Caicedo, but Brighton had already rejected the offer.
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Brighton sold Neal Maupay to Everton for $15 million. Also, Yves Bissouma to Chelsea for £25 million and Marc Cucurella to Chelsea for £60 million over the summer.
Brighton has no financial incentive to sell Caicedo after losing Leandro Trossard to Arsenal earlier this month, which was for an initial £21 million.
Neither do they want to sell the Ecuador international because they are currently sixth in the league? They are hoping to jump to fifth with wins in their two games in hand over Tottenham.
Moises Caicedo is signed to the Premier League club until 2025 after scoring twice in 26 games.
Caicedo, who recently switched agents, may try to force his way out of the club before the transfer window closes on Tuesday night, but talks are ongoing and it is expected that Arsenal will make another offer.
The midfielder is “relaxed” and “focused only on Brighton,” Brighton manager Roberto de Zerbi said at a news conference on Friday.
In the words of Italian: “It was more like a conversation between a father and son than between a player and a coach.
To put it simply, I think it would be best for him and us if he could stick around until the season ends.
Caicedo recently stated, “I am focused on Brighton.” “It’s true, I’m here, and I play here every day. I am so focused on the present that external distractions have no effect on me.
“I am very good at ignoring the rumors. There are rumors flying around, but I try to keep my attention on the club.”