Caicedo or not, Arsenal still plans to sign English midfielder

Arsenal has been linked with a move for Moises Caicedo in the last few weeks and has even tabled a bid for the midfielder.

Brighton and the Gunners continue to talk and it is a deal that could be done before this transfer window closes.

Before their interest in Caicedo became serious, Mikel Arteta’s side was linked with a summer move for Declan Rice. Will they now abandon their pursuit of the Englishman?

Considering that Caicedo and the midfielder play in identical positions, the Gunners could forget about the West Ham boy.

However, Sky Sports’ Dharmesh Sheth says a move for Rice will happen regardless of the situation with Caicedo.

He tells Give Me Sport:

“I’ve also been told, and this will be good news for Arsenal fans, is that whatever happens in their Caicedo pursuit, be it now or in the summer, it’s not going to impact their interest in Declan Rice.”

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Rice is one of the best midfielders in England and the West Ham man will be a good fit for us at the Emirates.

With Thomas Partey and Granit Xhaka not getting any younger, having Rice and Caicedo in our squad means we are fully prepared for the future.

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  1. Brighton are now willing to sell Moises for 80M. Arsenal can’t spend that kind of money for someone not even scoring goals. Better to buy Tielmans and spend that money on Declan Rice in the Summer.

    1. Tielemans is available for free in about 4 months

      better to spend the money and sign someone else

  2. While I’m excited about the prospect of these two coming, I want to know what the plan is for ESR. I’ve always felt he was better suited in the midfield, either as a box to box or an attacker. But now there are plans for cover in all the positions he would play. Anyone have thoughts on where he will get a chance to play?

    1. We need a bigger squad. That’s what each and every person be it Arsenal fan or not have said all season. We keep going on about how City are favourites because they have 2 first teams. We need as many options as can be afforded. I really rate ESR but we all know why we are signing more attackers or players right now. It’s because of a thin squad and ESR always being injured for long spells each season. He has just returned from a long term injury and we hear that he is already injured again without kicking a single ball in the league.. Can’t be relying on him.
      He just renewed his contract last summer so we are good here.

  3. Despite so many journalist coming out and confidently stating that we will sign Rice in the summer I’m not convinced one bit especially if we sign Caicedo for the amount Brighton want(£70M-£80M) West Ham will ask for similar if not more money for him, that would be north of £150M spent on two midfielders in back to back transfer windows and just can’t see that. I think it is more likely we chase that Zubimendi fells who’s £53M release clause makes it a far easier deal to complete as long as the player is willing to leave his hometown and his profile better fits what qualities Arteta wants from players, certainly in terms of passing ability and he is more mobile than Rice.

  4. Hasn’t ESR looked since been reassigned to the left-wing position in the team? Nevertheless, it is being hoped the injuries he’s been having that’d hindered him from going forward in his game for Arsenal, will abandon him for good. So that he’ll restart his game at Arsenal and take it to a farer forward distance for the team in the 2nd half of the season.

  5. If Arsenal are seriously interested to sign the top quality Dmf Declan Rice 24 from West Ham. A deal to sign him, to me is better done this Jan transfer window that will close on this Tuesday night.
    But not leave doing the deal to sign him till next summer window to do it.
    For, it’s in this January window which Arsenal has and could be confident to get a deal to sign Rice done over the line. This is because as things durrentl stands in regard to Rice leaving West Ham on transfer to another top club side this winter or next summer. No any other big Epl club side apart of Arsenal, has openly expressed serious interest to sign Rice this winter or next summer.
    Next summer window could be uncertain in relation to Arsenal signing Rice. Because it is the future which cannot certainly be predicted as to what it will be in it when it comes.
    But realistically speaking. Arsenal may not do a deal with West Ham to sign Rice on or before this Jan transfer deadlneday this Tuesday even if West Ham agreed to a deal with Arsenal for Rice.
    For, after Arsenal have paid for their signing of Moises Caicedo at a huge transfer cost. And having earlier paid for their signings of Leandro Trossard and Kiwior. Will there be enough money left in Arsenal Jan transfer window kitty for them to do the Rice signing this winter, even if they wanted to do it and West Ham agreed?
    But Fabrizio Romamos the transfer guru has reportedly said that Arsenal will still in this Jan window sign another new top player after they’ve concluded their signing of Caicedo which looks they might get done.
    But who will be the new player signing their 4th this winter that Arsenal still want to do before this Jan window closes? A new top quality centreforward?

  6. Fabrizio Romano
    Understand Arsenal second bid for Moises Caicedo worth £70m fee with add ons included has been immediately rejected by Brighton tonight. 🚨🔵🇪🇨 #AFC #BHAFC

    Should Arsenal make a new proposal in the next 48 hours, it’d be a potential record fee for the club.
    Fabrizio Romano
    🚨 EXCLUSIVE: Arsenal submitted new bid for Moises Caicedo. Understand it’s worth £70m packag add-ons included. ⚪️🔴🇪🇨 #AFC

    Brighton don’t want to sell the player, stance very clear after £60m opening bid rejected — but Arsenal try again as Caicedo wants the move.

  7. I’m sure we will walk away today from the possibility of signing Caiceda in this window. With Rice also definitely not coming, I think there is an outside chance of getting in Onana(?) from Everton. Otherwise I think we are done signing anyone else in this window.

    1. I think we might make one more bid, should they reject that too then I agree we will walk away but don’t give lose hope they probably a left field target no one knows about.

  8. Walk away from Caicedo deal. Way too much money, Brighton is rinsing us. Aurelien Tchouameni cost Real that kind of money, and he had 2 full seasons for Monaco and was already France regular.

    Seeing as how Caicedo’s main traits are tackling and intercepting, so basically what DM’s are supposed to do, there are far better players out there.

    Enzo Le Fee of Lorient, the “new Verratti”
    Vinicius Souza, on loan at Espanyol
    Ellyes Skhiri of Köln
    Manuel Ugarte, Sporting

    Go for the defensive midfielders BEFORE they come to the Premier League dammit!!

  9. Sofyan amrabat is cheap, young, fast and very good in the tackle. Arsenal should look to get him or better still sign fresneda and let Ben white deputize for partey in that dm role. Paying that huge amount for a player just one year in the premier league is crazy. Better use it and go all out for Declan Rice this Jan or summer.

    1. Amrabat would be great shout but Fiorentina will probably be reluctant to sell at this late stage or will ask for a kings ransom but I like the player and he could replicate what Partey brings to the team as they share similar traits except Partey is much better though.

  10. We are blessed with players who are capable of playing multiple positions;
    Benwhite: dm, RB,cb
    Zinchenko: dm, cm,am,lb
    Tomi: lb,rb,cb
    Kiwior: lb,cb,dm

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