Ben Jacobs Claims Liverpool Were Leading The Race For 43M Rated Midfielder Before Deal Stalled

Ben Jacobs Claims Liverpool Were Leading The Race For 43M Rated Midfielder Before Deal Stalled

Liverpool were the Premier League club “most aggressively” pursuing a deal for Brighton midfielder Moises Caicedo before the transfer window closed, according to CBS Sports journalist Ben Jacobs.

There had been reports that the Reds were lining up a €50m (£43m) bid for the Ecuadorian international but Jacobs claims that a change of agent stopped a potential move in its tracks:

“Caicedo actually changed agents mid-window. It’s quite a problematic move as Liverpool found when they made enquiries. They were the club really in mid-August looking at Caicedo the most aggressively as I understand it. But they were not able to get a deal done and it was quite difficult when the agent changed to actually negotiate and finalise anything.”

It’s doubtful that €50m would have been enough to sign Caicedo anyway, with then Seagulls boss Graham Potter having scoffed at the figure, stating the player may be worth double that amount.

Caicedo, himself, has spoken out about his future in recent days, but he was quick to say that no team made an official offer for him during the summer despite the rumours.

The 20-year-old has said he would have weighed up leaving Brighton for Manchester United (another interested club) while he would be open to joining Potter at Chelsea if the opportunity arose.