Moises Caicedo could again miss out on a dream transfer from Brighton.
The Ecuadorian midfielder failed to push through a move to Arsenal in January worth in the region of £75million – with Chelsea’s offer of £80m this summer swiftly rejected by the transfer chiefs on the south coast.
The 21-year-old is said to be determined to move on two years after he joined the club from Independiente del Valle for a fee in the region of just £4.5m.
Furthermore, Chelsea are thought to be looking into the potential signing of Romeo Lavia from Southampton – who might well come cheaper thanks to the relegation of his parent club.
The Athletic report that Caicedo is again keen to leave despite signing a new contract that runs until 2027 earlier this year.
Owner Tony Bloom is said to be firm in his stance, which could well change if a bid in the region of £100m comes in.
The report adds that Chelsea are considering alternative options, including Lavia of Southampton who is a central target of Liverpool.