Chelsea FC are said to be considering four players in alternative to Brighton star Moises Caicedo, including Leeds midfielder Tyler Adams.
This summer, the Blues sold Mateo Kovacic, Mason Mount, and Ruben Loftus-Cheek. They also dismissed N’Golo Kante since they were unable to renew his contract.
Enzo Fernandez, 22, and Conor Gallagher, 23, are now the two senior Chelsea players standing in the middle of the park.
The Times also claims that Chelsea FC have created a shortlist of five candidates, with Ecuadorian international Caicedo as the club’s primary priority.
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The Seagulls have turned down Chelsea’s three offers for the 21-year-old, according to last week report. Their most recent offer of £80 million was rejected.
Moises Caidedo is still valued at £100 million by Brighton, and it is still unclear whether Chelsea would meet their expectations.
There are four players that the west Londoners might then go after if they back out of the deal.
Adams, who just recently joined Leeds from RB Leipzig last year, is reportedly one of them. Adams did not succeed in keeping the Yorkshire team in the Premier League.
According to The Times, Adams’ contract includes a release provision in the event of relegation.
Although it is uncertain whether Chelsea will make a formal offer given that the USA captain is still recovering from hamstring surgery.
Romeo Lavia of Southampton is also a target for Chelsea, who could hinder Liverpool’s pursuit of the Belgium international.
In contrast, the 2021 Champions League champions might try to get Edson Alvarez back to the English capital from Ajax.
Last summer, Chelsea tried to sign the Mexican player, who is available for about £40 million.
Gabri Veiga of Celta Vigo completes Chelsea’s shortlist after a breakthrough 2022–23 season in which he scored 11 goals in 36 LaLiga games.
The Blues are about to reveal the £23 million signing of midfielder Lesley Ugochukwu from Rennes.
But it’s anticipated that the 19-year-old will be sent back on loan to France so he can continue to grow.