reignite their interest in Caicedo. According to the latest from the Daily Mail, an £80m bid to Brighton could be in the pipeline.
Caicedo has also been linked with Arsenal after impressing at Brighton. However, Chelsea are considering how to tempt Brighton into accepting their own offer.
The solution could be to offer some fringe players in the opposite direction within a part-exchange deal. If successful, Caicedo could take the place of N’Golo Kante – due to become a free agent at the end of the season – in the Chelsea squad.
Elsewhere, the Daily Express has been claiming that another midfielder Chelsea are set to try again for is Southampton’s Romeo Lavia.
Lavia was the subject of a transfer attempt by Chelsea last summer, just weeks after joining Southampton from Manchester City. Now, after the Belgium international suffered relegation, a deal might be there for the taking.
Per the Express, Lavia and Caicedo have become Chelsea’s top two midfield targets for this summer. The Blues have remained in touch for Lavia, who could cost them around £45m if Southampton get their way.
And there has also been the revelation that Lavia has spoken to his Belgium teammate, Eden Hazard – who enjoyed a glittering spell with Chelsea – about what it would be like to become a blue.
Man City do have a buyback clause for Lavia, which they can activate next year. His other admirers include Arsenal and Liverpool, but Chelsea might have been able to use Hazard as a secret weapon.
Pochettino will need to bring in some new faces in midfield if Chelsea lose the amount of players they are currently expected to in the department this summer.
In addition to the risk of Kante being released, Mason Mount could be on his way to Man Utd, Mateo Kovacic might join Man City and Ruben Loftus-Cheek could go to AC Milan, for example.