Pervis Estupinan hopes that his Ecuadorian teammate won’t leave the Seagulls like Alexis Mac Allister did.

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Brighton worries that Moises Caicedo will depart this summer as Chelsea and Arsenal compete to sign him.

Both London teams are reportedly interested in signing the Ecuador midfielder, with Manchester United also interested.

Arsenal want another quality midfielder to join No. 1 target Declan Rice at the Emirates Stadium next season as Mikel Arteta’s side attempt to repeat their surprise Premier League title effort, with Caicedo and Manchester City captain Ilkay Gundogan among those interested.

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The Gunners attempted to sign Caicedo in the closing stages of the January transfer window, but two bids – the second for £70 million – were turned down as Brighton retained their key players for the second half of a remarkable season in which they finished sixth and qualified for the Europa League despite the disruption caused by Chelsea poaching manager Roberto De Zerbi’s predecessor Graham Potter early in the season.

Moises Caicedo and midfield colleague Alexis Mac Allister, on the other hand, were always anticipated to be allowed to depart in the summer, with the latter having already completed a move to Liverpool for a cost as low as £35 million.

Now the focus is on Caicedo, who is likely to command a cost of approximately £80 million after signing a contract extension in the aftermath of the Arsenal saga in which he stated a desire to move on.

Pervis Estupinan, the 21-year-old’s Brighton and Ecuador teammate, confesses that everyone at Brighton is concerned about losing such an important talent.

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“Having a player of Moi’s [Caicedo] characteristics, we all fear that he will leave,” he said.

“If he stays, I will be very happy to keep playing alongside him and enjoying his football.

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“If he goes, I will wish him all the best because he is a good lad, a good professional and he is a machine.

“If he leaves, we will be opponents and all I’ll ask is he doesn’t give me a whack because he is very strong!”

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