Fabrizio Romano has provided the latest information on Arsenal transfer target Moises Caicedo as the Gunners have reportedly launched a £60million bid for the Brighton midfielder.
Mikel Arteta has been keen on bolstering his squad as they look to maintain their position at the top of the Premier League table. They recently landed a deal for Leandro Trossard and now they are targeting his former Brighton teammate.
Arsenal’s midfield has been a real strength this season as the likes of Granit Xhaka, Thomas Partey and Martin Odegaard have worked together seamlessly.
However, if one of their holding midfielders were to get injured they would suddenly look short on numbers. Partey has left his injury woes behind him this season, although Arteta will be keen on not overloading him with games.
Romano has provided all the latest details relating to Arsenal’s pursuit of Caicedo in his latest YouTube video. He explains: “Arsenal are in the race to sign Caicedo.
“This bid is worth £60million guaranteed money, no add-ons included as of now. A really important bid also to the player with a long-term contract to Arsenal who are very serious about the deal.
“The proposal has been made and now it’s on Brighton. It’s on Brighton because there is again also Chelsea [interested]. After what happened with Mykhailo Mudryk, in this case it is a bit different because Chelsea have always been interest in Caicedo.
“We know the connection with manager Graham Potter, the connection with the director Paul Winstanley who was at Brighton, so both of them know Caicedo very well.
“Chelsea made a bid for Caicedo and it was a bid for £55million, Brighton said no. Now Arsenal are trying for £60million, let’s see how Brighton will react.”
The Athletic journalist David Ornstein has confirmed that the initial bid was rejected by the Seagulls as they are keen on keeping Caicedo around for the remainder of the season.
Arteta will want another midfielder for his squad in order to sustain a title bid in the second half of the season. The Gunners will also have Europa League fixtures to contend with soon.
The Arsenal manager told reporters a few weeks ago: “We are going to be active and active means we are looking to strengthen the team.
“This squad still doesn’t have the luxury of not maximising every single window. We have to do that because it’s really important, but then we have to get the right profile. It has to be the right player to take us to the next level.”