Arsenal could go back for Brighton’s Moises Caicedo in the summer, but a January move for the midfielder is now off.
Arsenal are closing in on a deadline-day move for Chelsea’s Jorginho, but the Gunners have accepted that their pursuit of Moises Caicedo is over – for now.
David Ornstein reports that Arsenal have now resigned themselves to the fact that Brighton’s not-for-sale stance on Caicedo means their January hopes of signing him are done.
James Benge of CBS Sports adds that the Gunners have conceded defeat in that race after concluding that further bids would be fruitless.
Brighton immediately rejected Arsenal’s first two bids, and the Gunners are conscious of the damage to their relationship with the Seagulls if they submit a third bid after being told the player is not for sale.
Benge writes that Arsenal may reignite their interest in Caicedo in the summer, hence their desire to maintain good relations with Brighton.
Florian Plettenberg of Sky Sport Germany reports that Arsenal haven’t made a new offer for Caicedo, and though the player is still waiting, the transfer is close to failing.
It’s a shame that Arsenal haven’t managed to land their top midfield target in the January window, but a low-cost move for Jorginho on a medium-term contract (lasting until 2024) leaves the door open for big moves in the summer.
In the meantime, Jorginho should also give Arsenal a strong alternative option at the base of the midfield for their title challenge and continuing Europa League progression.