Newcastle United are competing with Chelsea to sign Moises Caicedo from Brighton – but the Magpies might suddenly have an edge in this transfer race.
That is because Graham Potter’s side are reportedly going to look at a different midfielder before the January transfer window closes next week.
According to Football London, the Blues are expected to make a fresh move for World Cup winner Enzo Fernandez. He was heavily linked with a £105million move to Stamford Bridge earlier this month, but a deal with Benfica ultimately collapsed.
Chelsea have since improved other areas of their squad, while they have also failed with a bid for Caicedo. The Athletic reported last week that Brighton had turned down a £55million approach from Chelsea.
Now Potter’s side are set to go back in for Fernandez, and that could open the door for Dan Ashworth to be reunited with the Ecuador international that he brought to the Premier League in the first place.
Chelsea move could hand Newcastle a chance to sign Moises Caicedo
Caicedo has been linked with a move to Newcastle this month. It was reported by the Athletic that Eddie Howe believes he would be an ideal fit for the ‘number six’ role in his Toon team.
However, the threat of Chelsea always looked likely to end the Magpies’ dream of bringing the 21-year-old to St James’ Park.
But if the Blues are now back in for Fernandez then it could create an opening for Newcastle make Caicedo their own.
It wouldn’t even have to be this month – a move could be delayed to the summer if there is no immediate threat of Chelsea swooping in and signing him in January. That would suit Brighton boss Roberto De Zerbi, who recently spoke about his player’s future.
There is no doubt that Caicedo is going to command a huge fee. Ben Jacobs recently reported that Brighton want more than £75million this month.
That is a huge price, and one that Newcastle will likely be unwilling to pay. However, his valuation will surely be a bit more reasonable at the end of the season, at a time when the Magpies will be more open to splashing out.
Caicedo has all the skills to thrive in Howe’s team, while he is a player that Ashworth is very fond of too. He was the one who brought him to Brighton in 2021.
But he has admirers at Stamford Bridge too, with Caicedo previously playing under Graham Potter at the Amex. He is also keen on a reunion with the World Cup star.
However, a deal for Fernandez appears to be more up Chelsea’s alley, and signing the Argentinian would surely end their interest in Caicedo.
Newcastle will hope so, as it makes a future move to St James’ Park all the more likely.