I totally understand why many are saying we should walk away from the Moises Caicedo deal now, and those views are fueled by anger and frustration over how long this saga is going on. Trust me, I feel it and I’m with you.
However, for me personally, I wouldn’t deviate from it, at least not yet, and I’ll explain my reasoning below.
I’m ready to wait a little longer. I always took the Liverpool game as a benchmark before I said OK, let’s go. And I think I’m ready to wait a little longer. It won’t be the end of the world if we don’t have Caicedo by then. We have Andrey Santos who looks more than talented and ready, and other options. Of course, ideally we want Moises Caicedo in our center midfield at Liverpool, and I still hope that’s the case.
Chelsea have worked so hard and for so long on this deal, now in constant negotiation, it would be absolutely gutting and a real shame to walk out of them empty-handed, wouldn’t it? So let’s give it a little more time.
Also, hearing all these PR reports from Brighton only tells me one thing, it tells me they will sell Caicedo, but they’re just trying their luck and trying to milk all they can. But they will sell it. They literally made him promises.
Let’s also give Caicedo and his team a chance to put physical pressure on him to leave with a transfer request. Will they? I’m not sure, but I feel like the longer it goes on, the more they can do it. Let’s give them a chance to do that because it could turn things around.
My other main reason is that honestly, who else do we get? What other option number 6 is available and available who is of the same caliber as Caicedo? The only player I would take is probably Aurelien Tchouameni, but I don’t see the possibility of him leaving Real Madrid at this point, and even if he does, I don’t think he wants to go to Chelsea. But even so, to be honest, I don’t think Madrid will sell him.
It’s worth waiting for Caicedo and honestly, it’s worth paying for it. I’m not talking about more than £100m. If that’s the case, maybe we’ll go on foot. But £100m in total with a lower base fee of around £80m and terms that are favorable to us, I think it’s a good deal. Caicedo has everything we need and would be a long-term partner for Enzo Fernandez. It’s a cause worth fighting for, and that’s what we’re doing.
Speaking of Enzo, imagine what would have happened if we had left him when Benfica started playing dumb bastards? Imagine if we didn’t hold it all through the transfer window and give it up? Imagine if we had refused to throw £100m on him and walked away? Enzo will be the signature of the century for us and he will be a legendary footballer, Caicedo will be one too. If you want an elite player, you have to pay for it.
Caicedo also has something that Enzo didn’t have, a year and some Premier League experience, which is very important. To be the best, we have to sign with the best.
I understand what people say about signing “unknown” gems like Nicolas Jackson. I see it. But for me, position six is the MOST IMPORTANT position where we need to bounce back completely and one that we can’t risk. Not only do we have to get it right because it’s the most important position on the pitch, but we have to get it right so we can get even more out of Enzo.
I think we need to hold on a little longer and try to get some emotion out of it. And if we really have to pull out of the deal, I seriously hope we have the best alternatives ready.
I want to see an end to this saga soon, but I don’t want to see us working on a deal for so long and then failing, let’s get this over with. And if it takes another week or two, so be it.