Roberto De Zerbi believes Moisés Caicedo should stay until the end of the season

Brighton and Hove Albion manager, Roberto De Zerbi believes midfielder Moisés Caicedo should stay at the club until the end of the season amidst Arsenal’s £60m bid for the player.

Caicedo was signed from Ecuadorian side, Independiente del Valle for £4.5m just under two years ago and has gone on to make 31 appearances for Brighton with a brief loan spell at Belgian side, Beerschot V.A. last season.

De Zerbi on Caicedo’s future: “I think he’s a good guy. He’s focused only on Brighton. I hope he can stay with us until the end of the season because, in my opinion, it’s the best solution for him and us. 

“I can understand the other big teams want our young players – (Alexis) Mac Allister, Caicedo, (Kaoru) Mitoma, (Solly) March – but the decision is for the players and the club. 

“I spoke with him (Caicedo) Wednesday and I told him my opinion. I think it’s always difficult to change inside the season because you can find more problems. It is important to stay another four months,” De Zerbi added.

Caicedo is under contract with Brighton until June 2025 and the club are likely to demand more than the £60m bid proposed by Arsenal with Sky Sports reporting the offer has already been rejected.

Brighton are currently in the hunt for European football with the seagulls flying high in sixth place.

De Zerbi has impressed after joining the club in September last year following Graham Potter’s departure to join Chelsea.

Mark Marston | Get Football

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