Football Transfer News: Caicedo wants to leave Brighton, Dumfries to Newcastle or Chelsea?

In football transfer news, Caicedo has confirmed he wants to leave the club in an open letter, while Dumfries to Premier League is back

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Football Transfer News | Moises Caicedo

In football transfer news, Moises Caicedo has confirmed he wants to leave the club in an open letter, while Dumfries to Premier League is back on again.

Moises Caicedo wants to leave Brighton for bigger ventures:

The statement comes after Brighton rejected a £60m bid from Arsenal for the 21-year-old on Friday.

"I am grateful to Brighton for giving me the chance to come to the Premier League and I feel I have always done my best," Caicedo's post said.

Caicedo has made 26 appearances in the Premier League, scoring twice and is under contract until 2025.

"I always play football with a smile and with heart," the statement by the Ecuador international said. "I am proud to be able to bring in a record transfer fee for Brighton which would allow them to reinvest it and help the club continue to be successful.

"I am the youngest of 10 siblings from a poor upbringing in Santa Domingo in Ecuador. My dream always to be the most decorated player in the history of Ecuador.

"The fans have taken me into their hearts and they will always be in my heart so I hope they can understand why I want to take this magnificent opportunity."

Brighton manager Roberto de Zerbi told a news conference on Friday that the midfielder was "relaxed" and "focused only on Brighton".

The Italian said: "I spoke with him like a father, not like a coach.

"I hope he can stay with us until the end of the season... that's the best solution for him and for us."

Brighton have also reportedly turned down a £55m bid by Chelsea

Football Transfer News: Chelsea and Newcastle circling Dumfries?

Who are Chelsea linked with now, then? That'll be the name of this column soon, the way things are going. Denzel Dumfries, the Internazionale right-back, is the latest transfer target to pop up on Todd Boehly's radar, which is so effective that it has detected literally everything that moves for 5,000 miles around Stamford Bridge.

There could be competition from Manchester United and Newcastle, however. According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, it will take an offer of at least €40m (£35.2m) to get negotiations under way.

Having won the tug of war over Mykhailo Mudryk, Chelsea could become embroiled in an arm-wrestle with Arsenal over Amadou Onana.

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