Good news for Chelsea? Manager reveals he has already lined up a replacement for Chelsea transfer target

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Brighton manager Roberto De Zerbi has revealed he has already lined up a replacement for Chelsea-target Moises Caicedo.

Brighton have reportedly rejected Chelsea’s latest offer of £80million for Caicedo, with the Seagulls demanding £100million for the Ecuadorian midfielder.

“If you ask me what I would like? I would like to keep and for him to stay with us but it is not my work. My work is to tell my owner if [Moisés] Caicedo leaves we need another big and important midfielder,” De Zerbi told reporters.

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On being pressed whether he has a replacement in mind, he said, “Yes, but I don’t want to tell. I follow the words of my owner and my owner did not tell me anything about Caicedo in the last hour.”

“For a young player, it is difficult to stay with the possibility of changing teams, to change cities and everything. But he is a serious player and is working in a good way. We are waiting to see if the situation changes or not,” he added.