Chelsea giving up on Moises Caicedo? Blues tell Brighton they will not meet £100m demand for midfielder and target Gabri Veiga instead

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  • Chelsea hold firm over valuation
  • Brighton want over £100m
  • Veiga an alternative option

WHAT HAPPENED? The Guardian reports that the Blues are unwilling to pay £100m for Caicedo, despite the Seagulls feeling a benchmark has been set by Arsenal paying a similar fee to buy Declan Rice from West Ham. Chelsea instead hope to convince Brighton to sell at a price closer to £80m ($102m).

THE BIGGER PICTURE: While the Blues remain keen to sign Caicedo, they have scheduled talks with Celta Vigo over Veiga, who has also been linked with Manchester City and PSG among other top clubs. He has a release clause of just £34.4m ($44m), a much more achievable figure.

AND WHAT'S MORE: Caicedo is also said to want to move to Stamford Bridge, but Chelsea do not want to be drawn into protracted negotiations once again, having signed Marc Cucurella from the club in a £60m ($76.5m) deal last summer.

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WHAT NEXT? Chelsea are set to hold talks with Veiga next week, so the picture may become a little clearer when it comes to their midfield recruitment plans.