Brighton and Hove Albion CEO Paul Barber insists Premier League rivals Liverpool “could not have done more” to sign Moises Caicedo ahead of his £115million move to Chelsea.
While Moises Caicedo puts his pen to paper at Stamford Bridge on Monday night – and Chelsea also draw closer to Southampton’s Romeo Lavia – Liverpool could feel like the blues just stole her friend and additionally encrypted her car.
Not only have Mauricio Pochettino’s side snatched Caicedo from under Jurgen Klopp, they are also close to agreeing a deal for a player Liverpool had made three offers for, with Lavia also en route to west London.
According to Liverpool Sky Sports, have finally agreed a transfer fee of £60m with Southampton. But like Caicedo, Lavia chose blue over red; Chelsea’s appeal doesn’t appear to have been diminished by a dismal 12th place finish last season.
Chelsea defeated Liverpool against Moises Caicedo
Meanwhile, Barber talks talkSPORT that Liverpool did everything in their power to lure Caicedo to Merseyside. The Reds even offered a British record transfer fee of £111million before Todd Boehly once again drew on his seemingly endless supply of transfer funds.
“Liverpool are a fantastic football club,” says Barber (15 August, 12 noon). “For every footballer to get a chance to play at Anfield you have to imagine walking up the M6.
“But it shouldn’t be.
“Moises and his advisors decided that London was their preferred destination. Liverpool could not have done more. They were consistently excellent and professional.
“But then it depends on the player.”
After Missed Mason Mount, Jude Bellingham and now Caicedo – and Lavia is also likely to slip out of Klopp’s grasp – there is a very real chance that Liverpool could soon be in contention for a Champions League spot without a midfield being less occupied than last season despite the signings of both Alexis MacAllister and Dominik Szoboszlai.
Real Madrid, meanwhile, have no interest in cashing in on Aurelien Tchouameni (the athlete).
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