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Arsenal’s £60m bid for Brighton midfielder rejected

!Brighton have rejected a £60m bid from Arsenal for midfielder Moises Caicedo.

The Premier League leaders are keen to strengthen their squad after Mohamed Elneny picked up an injury in training that could mean a lengthy lay-off.

Arsenal already have a small squad and manager Mikel Arteta does not want to jeopardise his team’s title challenge through a lack of numbers.

Brighton had reportedly already turned down a £55m bid by Chelsea for 21-year-old Caicedo.

The Seagulls sold Marc Cucurella to Chelsea in a deal worth £60m, Yves Bissouma to Tottenham for £25m plus add-ons and Neal Maupay to Everton for £15m in the summer.

Earlier this month, Leandro Trossard left them to join to Arsenal for an initial £21m and Brighton do not have a financial reason to sell Caicedo.

Given they are currently sixth in the table, with the potential to move to fifth if they win their two games in hand on Tottenham, they have no desire to sell the Ecuador international either.

Caicedo has made 26 appearances in the Premier League, scoring twice and is under contract until 2025.

It is expected Arsenal will return with another offer but it remains to be seen whether Caicedo, who recently changed agents, will try to force his way out of the club before the window closes on Tuesday night.

“I am focused on Brighton,” Caicedo said recently. “I am here, I’m playing every day. Things from outside don’t trouble me, nor does it take that focus away because I’m focused only on here.

“I handle [the speculation] well. You hear rumours here and there, but I only try to be focused on the club.”

Brighton manager Roberto de Zerbi said last week he was unflustered by rival clubs circling his best players.

“Caicedo is very important for us – I hope he finishes the season with us,” said the Italian.

“It’s always difficult to be certain, but when big teams want our players it’s good news for us.

“The best solution is that he finishes the season with us. If he continues to play like this in the last games, it’s possible that in the summer he can leave for another team.”

Culled from BBCSports


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