Chelsea are reportedly expected to make a first bid this week in their attempts to sign Brighton’s Moises Caicedo.

According to journalist Simon Phillips, the Blues are set to make an opening offer in the next few days for the 21-year-old star.

It is understood that the main sticking point will be whether Graham Potter’s side are prepared to meet the midfielder’s £70million valuation.

Simon Phillips told GiveMeSport: “I’ve been told to expect a first offer from Chelsea this week to test the waters. Chelsea would be keen to agree the fee with Brighton first, and then they will speak to Caicedo’s new agents, who start on January the 18th, to sort out personal terms, but that is not expected to be an issue. The key will be if Chelsea can agree a fee with Brighton, and if they are willing to spend the £70m quoted fee that it will take for Brighton to allow their star midfielder to go this month.”

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Moises Caicedo to Chelsea heats up

It sounds like there’s still plenty to do before Caicedo becomes a Chelsea player, but the Blues have already shown during this January transfer window the ability to wrap up transfers quickly.

There’s been significant spending under the new Blues ownership during one-and-a-half windows at the helm, so it’s hard to predict what will happen next.

Despite the widespread incomings, many Chelsea fans still feel a lot of work needs to be done in the midfield.

Caicedo, who’s having an excellent season with seventh-placed Brighton in the Premier League, could be a great addition at Stamford Bridge.

The Ecuador international is an all-action defensive midfielder once described as “fantastic” by Potter.

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If it’s financially viable, Chelsea should make this Caicedo transfer happen.

It does feel like the Blues have overspent on certain players in recent months, but striking a bargain deal with Brighton has proved difficult in the past.

Alan Shearer tipped the Brighton star to be a “top player” after watching him at the World Cup during the winter. Hopefully, that can be in Chelsea colours.

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