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Moises Caicedo has chosen Chelsea after months of speculation over where the next journey in his career would take him. The Ecuadorian has undergone a medical in west London ahead of his official unveiling as Mauricio Pochettino’s player.
While the former Tottenham Hotspur boss will be gleaming over his new arrival, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp will be less enthusiastic, as the Reds failed to secure the 21-year-old’s signature due to his preference to join Chelsea.
🚨 Chelsea strike agreement with Brighton & Hove Albion to sign Moises Caicedo. British record £115m fee + sell-on clause to #BHAFC. Contract 8yrs & option of 9th. Medical booked for tomorrow + transfer expected to be completed same day @TheAthleticFC #CFC https://t.co/6p4ZjsMdno
— David Ornstein (@David_Ornstein) August 13, 2023
In a British record-breaking deal of £115m, Caicedo will soon be officially announced as Stamford Bridge’s latest arrival, after months of twists and turns in the saga involving player and club. The combative midfielder will arrive in west London on a contract that will keep him at the club for eight years, with the option to extend for a ninth and become Chelsea’s seventh summer arrival.
Linked with Arsenal in January and Liverpool in the summer, it’s the Blues that have secured the thrilling young star just one game into the season.
When could Caicedo make his Chelsea debut?
It was written in the stars for Caicedo to make his debut on Sunday against Liverpool at Stamford Bridge, however the deal had not quite reached the level of clarity seen today. Instead, the 21-year-old could make his first appearance in blue in a London derby, as Pochettino prepares himself for the next Premier League fixture at the London Stadium to face West Ham United.
There was speculation that the Ecuadorian had missed training last week at Brighton with some saying it was due to a slight injury, and others assuming that it was down to his pending decisions over his future. All being well, Caicedo could make his debut against West Ham on Sunday 20th August, with kick-off coming at 16:30 GMT.
For Chelsea, it will be hoped that the midfielder could have a similar performance as he did the last time he faced the Irons, where he played 90 minutes in Brighton’s 4-0 dismantling of David Moyes’ side at the Amex. Caicedo showcased just how influential he can be in midfield against the Hammers, making 122 touches and maintaining a stellar pass completion rate of 92%.
If news of a slight injury is correct, the following fixture in the schedule for the Blues is a home visit from newly promoted Luton Town on Friday 25th August at 20:00 GMT, a game that could ease the 21-year-old into his new surroundings at Stamford Bridge.
After Enzo Fernandez’s opening day masterclass on Sunday against Liverpool, Chelsea could be in for another strong midfield showing next time out at the London Stadium against their bitter rivals.
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