Arsenal have called it quits on their pursuit of Moises Caicedo, a rumored Liverpool target
The Gunners have been putting in a lot of effort to recruit the Ecuadorian before the end of the January transfer window. Caicedo even issued an exceptional statement pleading with Brighton to let him depart.
But, according to writer David Ornstein, that is no longer going to happen. Ornstein said on Twitter this morning, deadline day, that Arsenal have ‘recognized’ that Brighton’s no-sale attitude cannot be changed today.
Instead, the table-toppers are expected to make a move for Chelsea’s Jorginho. On a quiet day for Liverpool, this could be excellent news for their own pursuit of Caicedo.
Caicedo is given a second chance by Liverpool.
Brighton may have recently tormented Liverpool, but they may have just done them a favor here.
Caicedo’s departure from the South Coast appeared to be unavoidable in recent days. That was never going to happen at Anfield, with Liverpool apparently balking at his asking price.
But, with the 21-year-old out of the picture, the Reds’ market should open up in the summer.
It’s been believed that Caicedo’s price is set to reduce from the £75m Brighton were quoting suitors this winter. It wouldn’t be surprising to see Liverpool return then, given their long-standing interest in him.
Of course, Arsenal will be returning as well. Chelsea may be the same. However, with the Seagulls possibly unimpressed by the behavior of the teams that forced their player into a public transfer request, Liverpool may have an advantage.
Unless something unexpected happens, it appears that the Reds will have a second chance to sign Caicedo. This one is expected to rattle on until the summer. Meanwhile, it would be intriguing to observe how the child reacts to this setback.