According to Fabrizio Romano, Brighton and Hove Albion manager Roberto De Zerbi made a promise to midfielder Moisés Caicedo in the winter transfer window, saying he could leave in the summer if a good proposal came in.
Caicedo was at the centre of two huge bids from Chelsea and Arsenal in January but the Seagulls rejected both offers with De Zerbi reportedly telling the 21-year-old to stay at the club until June.
Romano reports that the ‘pact’ will be kept ahead of the transfer window reopening on Wednesday June, 14. Chelsea are still keen on signing the Ecuadorian but it remains a three-club race.
The South coast club secured a sixth-placed finish and achieved qualification to the Europa League for the first time in the club’s history.
With De Zerbi’s side preparing for a fixture list consisting of games played on Thursday’s and Sunday’s next season, the Seagulls have acted quickly in the market to bolster their squad.
João Pedro has completed a €34.20m switch from Championship side Watford whilst Sky Sports report the club have agreed a deal to sign Borussia Dortmund midfielder Mahmoud Dahoud.
Mark Marston | Get Football