The Gunners are expected to return to their interest in Caicedo this summer after failing to lure the Ecuador international in January.
Mikel Arteta is known to be a fan of Caicedo. The player experienced a breakthrough season, helping Brighton finish in 6th place and qualify for the European Cup for the first time.
But Arsenal are prioritizing a deal for West Ham’s Declan Rice. Accordingly, they backed out of the Caicedo deal, The Times confirmed.
The Gunners know that Rice’s price tag won’t come cheap. Their opening bid of £80m was quickly rejected by West Ham. So another big move for Caicedo looks unlikely.
Coach Roberto De Zerbi admitted at the end of the season that Caicedo could be leaving this summer. However, Brighton wants to earn 80 million pounds.
Arsenal’s decision to withdraw from the race opens up great opportunities for Chelsea and Manchester United. Both teams are desperate to get Caicedo’s signature.
Xiao Lam | 23:22 06/15/2023