Chelsea are prepared to raise their bid for Moisés Caicedo as they believe the Brighton & Hove Albion midfielder favours going to London over a £111 million move to Liverpool.
And in a dramatic twist, the west London club have also increased their offer for Roméo Lavia, the Southampton midfielder, which raises the prospect of them beating Liverpool — who they play on Sunday — to both targets.
Chelsea submitted a bid in excess of £50 million for Lavia while also attempting to stop Liverpool completing a British-record deal for Caicedo.
Liverpool have had three bids rejected for Lavia — leaving the door open for Chelsea, whose first offer was for £48 million
Chelsea’s co-owners Todd Boehly and Behdad Eghbali have taken charge of negotiations to sign Caicedo from Brighton & Hove Albion. Paul Winstanley and Laurence Stewart, Chelsea’s co-sporting directors, led talks with Brighton this summer