Inside Moises Caicedo's decision to snub Liverpool for Chelsea despite Reds agreeing deal as revealed by agent

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FOOTBALL Inside Moises Caicedo's decision to snub Liverpool for Chelsea despite Reds agreeing deal as revealed by agent

Mark Kinyanjui 20:46 - 05.10.2023

Liverpool agreed a £110million (Ksh 19.4 billion) deal with Brighton for Caicedo, but the Ecuador international told Jurgen Klopp that he wanted to go to Chelsea instead.

Moises Caicedo's agent Manuel Sierra has admitted that Liverpool offered his client a “more stable project” than Chelsea.

The 21-year-old midfielder was heavily linked with a move to Anfield in the summer transfer window, but his heart was set on joining the Blues.

The Reds agreed a £110million deal with Brighton for Caicedo, but the Ecuador international told Jurgen Klopp that he wanted to work under Mauricio Pochettino instead.

Liverpool were forced to expand their search for a new defensive midfielder. Klopp eventually signed Wataru Endo from VfB Stuttgart a week or so later – but it could have been all so different had the Reds boss taken a relaxed approach to talks according to Sierra, who spoke to Futbol sin Cassete as quoted by Football London.

"The issue of not going to Liverpool instead of Chelsea was also very questioned,” Sierra said. “The offers were similar in every way,” he added.

“The issue is that due to a question of values and a question of principles and of giving the floor to someone, when Liverpool’s offer arrived, Brighton were asked for time so that Chelsea could match it, they did that, they surpassed it and he ended up at Chelsea because he had given the word to Chelsea and he told them for quite some time.

"Liverpool appeared very late and with a word given to Chelsea, with everything agreed, it was said that Moises Caicedo himself was already training in a Chelsea camp [before officially signing]. Let’s be clear, he never did anything while he had contact with Brighton.

"The only thing he did was go to the locker room to pick up everything and he told them clearly, 'I'm not going to play here again', to make it clear.

“It was the only way to make it clear because in the end you always talk to a teammate, the teammate goes to the coach or goes to someone from the board and they say, 'no, there is a possibility that Moises will stay'.

"Time goes by and that’s what we didn’t want so a month later, when he came back from the situation in New York, he was there for the pre-season with Brighton.

“ I traveled there and met with the owner of Brighton and the sporting director and there between the four of us we talked about something that we later saw a lot of in reality.

"This drastic decision was made because it was the only way to be able to leave. Liverpool were always interested. We always had meetings during those months between January and May but since May we never heard from them again and of course we were surprised that suddenly they appeared with something [an offer] that they said that they couldn’t do.

"The first thing we are told is, 'tomorrow you have to go to Liverpool until you pass a medical examination'. Of course, what is our reaction going to be if we have not negotiated, we have not spoken, we have not seen anything since May.

"The problem was Brighton but when they tell us tomorrow, 'you can go to Liverpool', well of course the reaction is fine but the funny thing is that they didn’t tell us, they told us to undergo a medical with Liverpool without having an agreement.

“Without having said, 'yes' – even the club wrote to Moises, 'with permission from Brighton', and so on, but our phone conversations were clear at all times.

"We were clear, as long as Chelsea offered the same conditions that Liverpool could do with Brighton, and as I say they surpassed it, so there was no complaint. 

“It is very complicated, imagine that Jurgen Klopp is writing to you, that Liverpool is calling you, we are talking about something very big, that is, one of the best teams in the world, just like Chelsea, and with a more established and more stabilised project than what Chelsea have today, which is a very ambitious project with a view to two, three years ahead.

"When Liverpool came and approached in that way, obviously Moises gets dizzy, I get dizzy myself, but Chelsea were by our side at all times asking us to go, they wanted an hour so that we could tell Brighton, so that they could match the offer and they gave them an hour and it ended in two days of negotiation."