Chelsea are the latest team to show interest in 19-year-old Ecuadorian midfielder Moises Caicedo, also wanted by Manchester United.
The Red Devils are said to be ‘leading the way’ for Wonderkid Independiente del Valle, who is already a full-fledged international at senior level and is expected to pay fees of nearly £ 4.5million.
Caicedo is a United fan and will likely want to move to Old Trafford, but the Daily Mail believe Chelsea are considering offering him the option to travel to Stamford Bridge instead.
Blues scouts have been watching Caicedo for some time and club officials have reportedly been in talks with intermediaries about the potential launch of an offer for the promising teenager.
The young midfielder is also interesting like Newcastle and Brighton, while it is also believed that there is interest from continental Europe, where RB Leipzig and AC Milan have been named as potential contenders.
Under Frank Lampard, Chelsea built a reputation for bringing young players into the first team, with players like Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount and Reece James all becoming stars under Lampard’s tutelage, and this path towards seniors could be more attractive. Caicedo.
However, one has to wonder why Chelsea would want to sign a new young midfielder, given that they are already chock-full of numbers in this position.
Lampard’s first team already includes Mount, Kai Havertz, Mateo Kovacic, Jorginho, N’Golo Kante and Billy Gilmour, while Ethan Ampadu, Ross Barkley, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Conor Gallagher strut on loan. Danny Drinkwater is still playing on the reserves.
That said, these numbers could be reduced somewhat in the coming months. Sky Sport Italia’s Angelo Mangiante Recently, Jorginho, Drinkwater and Barkley are three of seven Chelsea players who could leave before the start of next season.
Mangiante also advised Antonio Rudiger, Andreas Christensen, Marcos Alonso and Victor Moses to leave Stamford Bridge as part of the Blues’ attempts to fund the moves of Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland and West Ham midfielder Declan Rice .
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