Chelsea’s attempts to sign Ecuadorian midfielder Moises Caicedo from Brighton have stalled.
Caicedo has been one of Chelsea’s main transfer targets all summer, although there remains a difference in valuation between the two clubs.
Now the latest sticking point is that Brighton want defender Levi Colwill included as part of the deal.
The England under-21 international spent last season on loan at the South Coast club, and impressed so much that they want to make the deal permanent.
They have already had several offers to buy him outright turned down earlier in the window.
From Chelsea’s viewpoint they regarded Colwill as one of the best young defenders in England and an asset that they do not want to lose.
The ball would now appear to be in the court of the Chelsea recruitment team who need to decide if they are prepared to compromise over Colwill, or substantially increase their bid for Caicedo.
Andy is an exiled English football fan living in Cyprus. He loves all sports but football is his abiding passion, and he still has dreams every now and then about scoring the winning goal in a Wembley Cup Final, even though his playing days are long gone. He follows most major leagues, across Europe at least, and has a favoured team in each. When he’s not watching, listening, reading or downloading podcasts about football, he spend his time worrying about his beloved Arsenal.