Chelsea succeeded in signing Moises Caise, again shooting the highest amount ever.
On the 15th (Korean time), Chelsea announced on the club’s official website, “We are delighted to announce the signing of Caicedo, a member of the Ecuadorian national team.” The contract period is 8+1. The transfer fee was not disclosed, but it is known to be 115 million pounds (approximately 195 billion won), the highest ever in the English Premier League. The previous record was £107m (approximately 181.5 billion won) recorded by Enzo Fernandes, who moved to Chelsea from Benfica last winter.
Caicedo said: “I’m very happy to join Chelsea. I’m very happy to come to such a big club. When I heard the offer from Chelsea I didn’t have to think twice. I want to start quickly,” he said. Chelsea co-directors Lawrence Stewart and Paul Winstanley said: “Caicedo has proven to be a good player over the past year and a half. We are delighted to have him added to the squad. He has a unique set of skills. He has been our target for a long time. I think it will play an important role.”
Caicedo, born in Ecuador, is a young midfielder born in 2001. Caicedo, who made his debut at Intependiente del Valle in 2019, was recognized for his talent and joined Brighton in 2021 at the age of ten. Caicedo, who went on loan to Bay Leshot for his first season, replaced Yves Bisuma, who moved to Tottenham after returning. Caicedo, who moved between the air and defense based on his amazing amount of activity, immediately caught the attention of the big clubs. He has excellent defense and attack power, and he has the versatility to play as a full-back as well as a central midfielder. He has already played 30 of his A matches, including being on the Ecuadorian national team and also participating in the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
Caicedo played as a key midfielder for Brighton last season, leading the team to Europa League appearances. His record last season was 1 goal-1 assist in 37 appearances. Based on this performance, he received a love call from Arsenal. Arsenal, which aimed to reinforce midfielders in the winter transfer market, pushed for the recruitment of Caicedo, and Caicedo received great attention by announcing a statement through social media. However, despite these efforts, the transfer was not successful. Caicedo immediately signed a new contract with Brighton.
The summer transfer window opened and Caicedo was once again in the spotlight. Chelsea was active. However, while hesitating because Brighton’s offer was burdensome, Liverpool jumped in. Liverpool have reorganized their midfield with the signings of Dominique Soboslay and Alexis McAllister. However, Jordan Henderson and Fabinho suddenly left for Saudi Arabia, leaving the number 6 position vacant. This is also the background to Kaise’s recruitment. Liverpool offered a whopping £110 million (approximately 186.7 billion won). He reached an agreement with Brighton and was on the verge of signing.안전놀이터
But again Chelsea opened the wallet. Chelsea also needed a new midfielder following the departures of N’Golo Kante and Mateo Kovacic. Chelsea, unable to miss Caicedo, offered £115m, more than Liverpool. Brighton, who have received all-time high offers from both Liverpool and Chelsea, have left Caicedo to choose their destination. After thinking about it, Caicedo chose to go to Chelsea, which showed interest in him from the beginning. Chelsea signed Caicedo on a multi-year contract, capturing both the present and the future.
In less than six months, Chelsea rewrote the highest transfer fee ever set at the time of signing Enzo, a special midfielder who won the Young Player Award by leading Argentina to victory in the World Cup in Qatar with a bold investment. For reference, the EPL transfer fee ranking is in the order of Caicedo, Enzo, Jack Grealish, and Declan Rice. Chelsea spent 323.3 million pounds (approximately 546.5 billion won) while bringing in 8 players in the transfer market last winter, including spending astronomical transfer fees on Wesley Popana and Mihailo Mudrik. It proved to be a ‘big hand’. Chelsea are aiming for a new leap by continuing their investment even after transforming into the Mauricio Pochettino system. Recruiting Caicedo is the key.
“Claude Makelele and Kante inspired me. They were so humble on the pitch,” Caicedo told the club. “I’d say we share similar qualities, but they’re better. I will give everything.” “Since I was young, I’ve been supporting Chelsea and watching their matches, and it’s amazing that I’m here now,” he said. “Chelsea is one of the biggest clubs in the world. I want to start with the players and do my best to write my own story.” .