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Romano reveals a surprise Arsenal target as Premier League midfielder answers to his transfer rumors

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Romano reveals a surprise Arsenal target as Premier League midfielder answers to his transfer rumors

Transfer specialist Fabrizio Romano believes Premier League leaders Arsenal are the “latest club” to express an interest in Brighton midfielder Moises Caicedo.

The Gunners have already signed two players in the January transfer window, with Leandro Trossard entering from Brighton and Jakub Kiwior joining from Italian club Spezia.

There have been rumors that Mikel Arteta is still concerned about midfield and up forward, with their squad depth not being as deep as some of their Premier League competitors.

Despite signing Fabio Vieira during the summer transfer window, the Portuguese midfielder has not had the impact that some fans expected.

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And now Romano has a’surprise’ for us, claiming that Arsenal have contacted the agency of Brighton midfielder Caicedo to express their interest in the Ecuador international.

“Moises Caicedo has new agents now, and Arsenal is the latest club being kept informed on the situation,” Romano wrote in his Caught Offside blog. Chelsea has been pressing for Caicedo for weeks and is still interested in signing him. The main difficulty is that Brighton wants to keep the player.”

According to respected CBS Sports journalist Ben Jacobs, Brighton are now looking for more than £75 million if they are to sell Caicedo this month.

Jacobs wrote on Twitter: “Brighton now want £75m+ for Moises Caicedo in January. Their CEO Paul Barber tells me the club “understand” if Caicedo wants a move but won’t sell in January unless their valuation is met. CFC have an excellent relationship with Brighton and have tested the water around £65m.

“January deal is tricky. It will involve paying above Caicedo’s market value, especially with Brighton under no pressure to sell. And Brighton may add a Leandro Trossard fee before the window shuts further solidifying their position of trying to keep Caicedo until at least summer.

“Told Brighton do anticipate plenty of summer interest for Caicedo, too. That’s also why they’ll hold out for such a big fee if he’s to leave mid-season.

“Nonetheless, Graham Potter is keen to reunite with Caicedo. CFC may have to be patient even with limited time left in January. Caicedo has just changed his agent and if a deal does comes off it might be relatively late in the window.

“Paul Winstanley helped bring Caicedo to Brighton and has been used already internally to assess the likelihood of success.

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“Liverpool interest in Caicedo dates back to Independiente del Valle. They didn’t move because his agent(s) situation was complicated and there were lots of side costs away from the transfer fee itself. Told they don’t see value in Brighton’s price tag right now.

“Newcastle are also one to watch. Club are looking at more budget midfield options and are still prioritising a creative-minded midfielder over a DM. However they are monitoring the situation.”

And on Tuesday Caicedo responded to speculation linking him with a move away from Brighton, he said: “I’m focused on Brighton. I’m here, I’m focused on this club so things from outside don’t trouble me, nor does it take that focus away because I’m focused only on here.

“I only try to be focused on club which opened the doors for me to be playing every week.”

Romano reveals a’surprise’ Arsenal target as Premier League midfielder answers to his transfer rumors

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