Arsenal lining up 'huge' bid for Chelsea target

James Shearman
  • 18 Mar 2023 17:22 GMT
  • 3 min read
Moises Caicedo, Brighton, Arsenal, Chelsea

Arsenal are still interested in signing Brighton midfielder Moises Caicedo after his contract extension.

The Gunners, as well as Chelsea, tried to sign the 21-year-old for £70 million in the January window.

But the Seagulls were unwilling to sell Caicedo, who has since signed a long-term contract extension.

READ: Chelsea help Arsenal win the league by signing Mudryk over Trossard

However, Football Insider have reported that Arsenal are lining up a move for the Ecuadorian in the next transfer window.

He would cost around £90 million, with Brighton only willing to accept a 'huge' fee given the length of his new contract.

Arsenal vs Chelsea transfer battles

Moises Caicedo is one of several players that Arsenal and Chelsea have fought for in the transfer market over the past 12 months.

The battle between the two London rivals reached its high point in January when Chelsea swooped in to steal Ukraine star Mykhailo Mudryk right from underneath Arsenal's noses in a stunning €70m deal.

This proved to be something of a Pyrrhic victory, though. While Mudryk is undoubtedly a great player, it has been Leandro Trossard, the man Arsenal signed in Mudryk's stead, who has really impressed as the Gunners look to win their first Premier League title since 2003.

Chelsea had also courted the Belgian, but their signing of Mudryk gave Arsenal the chance to bring the former Brighton man to the Emirates.

Still a Brighton man, but who knows for how much longer, Caicedo was also the subject of an almighty tug-of-war between the two Premier League giants in January. In the end, however, neither could force the Seagulls into selling, and the Ecuadorian subsequently signed a new deal at the Amex.

Italian midfielder Jorginho, meanwhile, crossed the London divide and now suits up for Arsenal, having spent four-and-a-half seasons with the Blues.