Arsenal ‘interested’ in battling Chelsea for Moises Caicedo transfer

Arteta hopes for FA Cup win to give Arsenal boost in title race

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Arsenal are weighing up whether to rival Chelsea for the big-money signing of Moises Caicedo before the January deadline, according to reports. The Gunners’ interest in the midfielder would put them in battle against their cross-city rivals for the second time this month, with manager Mikel Arteta concerned about a recent injury development.

Arsenal fans were left gutted earlier in the window when Chelsea pipped them to the £88million signing of Mudryk. The former Shakhtar Donetsk winger made an impressive debut against Liverpool at the weekend and he was believed to be at the top of Arteta’s wish list. 

The Gunners recovered quickly to swoop for Leandro Trossard, and they could yet snap up another Brighton talent before the end of the month. According to The Telegraph, the club are interested in rivalling Chelsea for Caicedo, whose star has risen quickly since becoming a first-team regular on the south coast. 

The Blues are already thought to have seen a £55m bid for the Ecuadorian knocked back, with Brighton’s valuation reportedly set at £75m.

It remains to be seen whether Arsenal are willing to bite at that price, but Arteta seems to be growing concerned about his depth in midfield with Arsenal chasing a first Premier League title since 2003/04. Thomas Partey, Martin Odegaard and Granit Xhaka are all nailed-on starters at the Emirates, but there would be a significant drop-off in quality should one of them get injured.

One of the back-up options, Mohamed Elneny, has recently been struck with a knee injury and is still being assessed. Arteta admits that Elneny’s situation is ‘concerning’, adding: “We need some more cover in midfield ideally if we can, but in this market it is pretty complicated to do that.”

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