Newcastle United are one of multiple clubs who are reportedly interested in signing Moises Caicedo from Brighton and Hove Albion.
According to the Mirror, Liverpool, Manchester United and Chelsea are all looking to bring in the 20-year-old – as well as the Magpies.
The report adds that Newcastle view Caicedo as an alternative to Youri Tielemans. He has also been linked with a move to St James’ Park. However, his most likely destination at the moment is Arsenal.
That’s why Newcastle are looking at Caicedo, who is enjoying a brilliant season in Brighton’s midfield. The Ecuador international has started every game so far for the Seagulls, and is catching the eye of teams higher up the table with his performances.
The report from the Mirror adds that Brighton are willing to sell the youngster. However, they want £85million for him.
That figure would make him Newcastle’s most expensive signing ever, and represent a huge profit for Roberto De Zerbi’s side. They only paid £4.5million for Caicedo in January 2021 – but it could have been the Toon had things gone differently.
Newcastle were interested in Caicedo almost two years ago
In December 2020, Newcastle were linked with a move for a teenage South American talent who models his game on Paul Pogba and N’Golo Kante.
The Daily Mail claimed that Steve Bruce’s side were interested in signing a 19-year-old Caicedo from Independiente del Valle for a fee of £4.5million.
Just over a month later, Caicedo did secure a move to the Premier League. But it was to Brighton instead of Newcastle. Dan Ashworth had pulled off another coup, snapping up another exciting youngster.
Fast forward almost two years and the midfielder is shining in the Premier League, while Ashworth is looking to sign him for a second time.
It’s a testament to Ashworth’s ability that he got Caicedo in 2021. It’s the kind of transfer we want to see him pull off as Newcastle’s Sporting Director.
But he clearly knows Caicedo well, and is reportedly considering trying to bring him to St James’ Park. Given his exploits for Brighton, he would be very welcome on Tyneside. But at £85million, a deal seems unlikely.