If Newcastle United want to sign Moises Caicedo from Brighton this month, they are going to have to break their transfer record.
That is according to journalist Ben Jacobs, who claims that the Seagulls have raised their asking price for the 21-year-old midfielder midway through the January transfer window.
It was previously claimed that the Ecuador international would cost £60million, which is still a huge amount of money. However, Jacobs’ latest update suggests that even that fee won’t be enough to tempt Brighton to sell their talented youngster.
Newcastle are in the market for a midfielder, and have been linked with making a move for Caicedo. The Athletic recently stated that Eddie Howe is a fan, and believes he could be the ideal person to play the ‘number six’ role in his side.
But for that to become a reality this month, Newcastle are seemingly going to have to pay more money than they ever have done for a player.
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Moises Caicedo will cost a club record fee for Newcastle
According to CBS Sports reporter Ben Jacobs, Brighton now want more than £75million for Caicedo after speaking to the club’s CEO Paul Barber.
Chelsea have reportedly made an approach worth £65million, with Jacobs stating that Graham Potter is keen to be reunited with Caicedo.
However, another possible reunion could take place at St James’ Park, with Toon Sporting Director Dan Ashworth the man who brought the South American talent to the Premier League two years ago.
Jacobs describes Newcastle as ‘one to watch‘ at the end of his Twitter thread, with Howe continuing to search for a Jonjo Shelvey replacement after his injury.
But any move for Caicedo is going to cost a lot of money. The Magpies broke their transfer record in the summer, signing Alexander Isak for £63million. Now they might have to do it again if they want Caicedo right now.
That feels incredibly unlikely, with Newcastle wary of financial fair play. Jacobs might feel that the Magpies are ‘one to watch’, but we will surely be watching from afar if the bidding starts at £75million.