LIVERPOOL (AP) – Liverpool has reached an agreement with Brighton to sign Ecuador midfielder Moises Caicedo, Liverpool Manager Jurgen Klopp said yesterday.
The deal is worth a reported GBP110 million (USD140 million), which would be a record fee for a transfer in Britain.
“The deal with the club (Brighton) is agreed,” Klopp said at a news conference ahead of Liverpool’s opening Premier League game at Chelsea tomorrow.
The 21-year-old Caicedo has yet to agree personal terms or undertake a medical examination.
Caicedo’s move would complete a huge offseason overhaul of Liverpool’s midfield, following the arrival of Alexis Mac Allister – also from Brighton – and Dominik Szoboszlai from Leipzig.
Five midfielders, notably Fabinho and Jordan Henderson, have left Anfield this summer.
It would surpass the initial fee of GBP100 million, plus add-ons, that Arsenal paid West Ham for Declan Rice last month. That initial fee was the same as the British-record sum that Manchester City paid Aston Villa for Jack Grealish in 2021.
It continues an extraordinary and rapid rise for Caicedo, who has only played one full season for Brighton after joining from Ecuadorian club Independiente del Valle in 2021. He spent the first half of the 2021-22 season on loan at Beerschot in Belgium.
He quickly became one of the most sought-after midfielders in English football, with Chelsea retaining a long-time interest and making multiple offers this offseason – only to seemingly be beaten to Caicedo’s signature by Liverpool.
Caicedo is a defensive midfielder who is good on the ball, covers ground quickly and is an intense presser.
They are all attributes desired by Liverpool Manager Jurgen Klopp, who will hope his rejigged midfield can spark a renewed bid for the title after his team finished outside the top four last season.
If the transfer goes through, Brighton will have received around GBP150 million from Liverpool this summer for Mac Allister and Caicedo, continuing its policy of buying cheaply – using its enviable global scouting network – and selling for big fees.