LONDON: The deal is worth £115 million (R2,8 billion), a British-record-breaking transfer.
Ecuadorian international Moises Caicedo has signed with Chelsea Football Club. The former Brighton Hove Albion midfielder signed an eight-year-long contract with the Blues.
The deal is worth £115 million (R2,8 billion), a British-record-breaking transfer. In a statement released by Chelsea, the player said that his move is a dream come true. “I am so happy to join Chelsea. I am excited to be at this big club I did not think twice when Chelsea called me I just knew I wanted to sign for the club,” he said.
Caicedo’s transfer surpassed Chelsea’s signing of Enzo Fernandez for £106 million (R2,5 billion) and Arsenal’s signing of Declan Rice for £105 million (R2,5 billion). Brighton are smiling all the way to the bank as the club reportedly bought Caicedo for £4.5 million (R108 million) and now they just sold him for £115 million. Chelsea won a tussle for the 21-year-old against Jurgen Klopp’s side, Liverpool FC.
The midfielder snubbed the Merseyside club and opted to join the London-based side. The Reds had their bid of £111 million (R2,7 billion) accepted by Brighton and the player was set to undergo medicals, but he then changed his mind and opted for Chelsea, making the Reds see the blues.
The South American will be missed at his former club, where he played 45 matches in all competitions. He was a key man for Brighton in a 2022/23 season.