28 Jul Sources: Chelsea see £80m Caicedo bid rejected
The west London club have previously had two offers rejected for the 21-year-old, who are holding out for their £100m valuation.
Caicedo’s performances since arriving at the south coast club from Independiente del Valle in 2021 have made him one of the most in demand midfielders in the country — Arsenal also had an offer of more than £60m rejected by Brighton in January.
Brighton head coach Roberto De Zerbi said last week that he is planning to start the season with Caicedo, but admitted that the midfielder could leave the club if Chelsea were to pay owner Tony Bloom’s asking price.
De Zerbi also denied that Caicedo has an agreement with Brighton to leave the club this summer.
“I didn’t give my word for nothing,” he said. “We didn’t speak about the next transfer market window and for me, he is a player like the others.
“But at the moment, I have not received news that Caicedo can leave tomorrow or in the next week. I start the next season with Caicedo in my head in the first 11, for sure.”