Arsenal have confirmed their new £70m offer for midfielder Moises Caicedo by Brighton.
Brighton’s stance is unchanged and the midfielder is not for sale in January, with the window set to close on Tuesday at 11pm. Sky Sports News has been told their position will not change.
If the Seagulls accept Arsenal’s latest offer for the 21-year-old it will be a club record transfer, surpassing the £60m sale of Marc Cucurella to Chelsea in the summer.
The Gunners also had their first £60m offer for Caicedo, which prompted the Colombian international to plead with Brighton to let him leave and join the Premier League leaders in a statement on social media.
Caicedo, who told Brighton’s official website he was only focusing on his current club last week, was told to avoid training with the Seagulls until Tuesday’s transfer deadline following his Instagram post.
Leandro Trossard has already swapped Brighton for Arsenal in the current window in a deal worth £27m.
De Zerbi: Brighton are ready to move on without Caicedo
Brighton manager Roberto De Zerbi wants Caicedo to stay at Brighton until the end of the season but says the club are “ready to move on without him”.
“Caicedo is a very good person and I can understand him,” De Zerbi said after Sunday’s FA Cup last-four win over Liverpool.
“When you are 21 and you receive the request of a big team, they are playing in the European competition, I can understand.”
Asked if he was taken by Caicedo’s social media post, De Zerbi added: Yes, yes I was. I’m not sure if he is if you know what I mean. “…
Pressed on if he thought others had influenced Caicedo, De Zerbi said: “Yes, I think so.”
What does Caicedo’s Instagram post say?
Caicedo’s Instagram post read: “I am grateful to Mr. Bloom and Brighton for giving me the opportunity to come to the Premier League and I feel that I have always done my best for them. I always play football with a smile and with heart.
“I am the youngest of 10 siblings from a poor youth in Santa Domingo in Ecuador. My dream has always been to be the most decorated player in the history of Ecuador.
“I am proud to be able to bring in a record transfer fee for Brighton which will allow them to reinvest and help the club continue to be successful.
“The fans have taken me to their hearts and they will always be in my heart so I hope they can understand why I want to take this great opportunity.”
Caicedo said on Brighton’s official website earlier this week that he is only focused on his current team.
Trossard has already swapped Brighton for Arsenal in the current window in a deal worth £27m, but Brighton are determined to keep Caicedo.
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