Brighton 'eye Brazilian' in deal which could have Moises Caicedo domino effect for Arsenal
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Brighton are reportedly eyeing midfielder Marlon Gomes in a deal which could accelerate Moises Caicedo's proposed transfer to Arsenal.
Mikel Arteta is thought to be interested in signing Caicedo. However, the Seagulls have blocked off any proposals, with manager Roberto de Zerbi keen to keep the 21-year-old at the Amex for the rest of the season.
Caicedo has publicly expressed his desire to leave Brighton, posting a series of statements on his social media asking Brighton to let him go.
Reports have claimed that the club have now granted him time off, with the Ecuador international not part of Brighton's squad for their FA Cup 2-1 victory over Liverpool on Sunday.
Brighton eye double midfield swoop
Reports from Brazil have suggested that Brighton are eyeing a move for Brazilian midfielder Marlon Gomes. The 19-year-old currently plays his football in his home country for Vasco da Gama.
He has most recently featured for Brazil in the U23 South American Championship, helping his country to a first placed finish in Group A.
However, the south coast club could face competition from Ajax who are also thought to be in the race for the midfielder.
The news comes shortly after Brighton announced the signing of Yasin Ayari from Swedish side AIK.
The 19-year-old Sweden international has signed a four and a half year contract, keeping him at the Amex until June 2027.
Brighton technical director David Weir said: "Yasin is a versatile and technical midfield player, who is good on the ball and capable of playing across the midfield.
"He's had an impressive spell in Sweden with AIK, and we are delighted to have completed his transfer and to be welcoming him to the club.
"He will need time to settle here and acclimatise to the Premier League, but we are really looking forward to working with him."
Should the Seagulls land a second midfielder this January, the club may be more willing to allow Caicedo to leave this January, with Arsenal thought to be ready to pounce should he become available.
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