Chelsea fans react to Thomas Tuchel sacking
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Chelsea boss Graham Potter may have inadvertently hiked up the price of sought-after Premier League star Moises Caicedo with Brighton reportedly keen to take pre-emptive action and tie him down to a new deal. The Ecuadorian had perked interest from Manchester United and Liverpool during the summer and the threat of a January bid is still looming over the Seagulls.
Caicedo only became a regular fixture at the Amex Stadium towards the tail-end of last season, making eight Premier League appearances. He has appeared in all six matches so far this term, however, scoring once and catching the eye with his commanding performances.
Potter knows his talents better than most and, having ditched Brighton to become Thomas Tuchel’s replacement at Chelsea, the Seagulls supposedly fear that he will go all out to try and nab Caicedo when the window re-opens in January.
That fear could drive up the price for all interested parties, including Liverpool and Man Utd, with The Sun reporting that Brighton are prepared to put a bumper new contract on the table in the hope that he’ll stick around.
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The south coast outfit are supposedly prepared to make 20-year-old Caicedo one of their top earners, with Adam Lallana and Danny Welbeck thought to be banking more than £60,000 a week. The youngster is already contracted to Brighton until 2025 but fresh terms would likely bring about a significant pay rise.
While Chelsea, Liverpool and United could all undoubtedly slap more money on the table to entice Caicedo, a new contract would presumably mean that more cash would have to be thrown at Brighton to coax them into transfer negotiations.
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If Potter is keen to bring Caicedo to Stamford Bridge, he may have shot himself in the foot earlier this summer by claiming that £42million would only be enough to pay for his boots. It remains to be seen if Chelsea co-owner Todd Boehly is willing to back the new boss in the same way he backed Tuchel during a free-spending transfer window.
The Blues set a new world record for the amount of money spent in one window, topping £270m with marquee signings Raheem Sterling, Wesley Fofana and Marc Cucurella all inflating the bill. Potter penned a heartfelt farewell letter to Brighton fans this week so it remains to be seen whether he would dare to rub salt in their wounds by trying to snap up Caicedo in January.
“I may not be able to persuade you all to forgive my departure – but I would at least like to take the chance to say thank you,” he wrote. “I hope that you will understand that at this stage of my career, I felt I had to grasp a new opportunity.
“I would like to thank [the chairman] Tony Bloom, [the chief executive] Paul Barber and the directors for the opportunity they gave me three years ago and then the unswerving support that came with it. My gratitude also to Dan Ashworth and David Weir, two first-class technical directors.”
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