Romano confirms Brighton signing which could help Arsenal's bid for Caicedo
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Brighton have signed midfielder Yasin Abbas Ayari, transfer expert Fabrizio Romano has confirmed.
Ayari, 19, completed his move to the Premier League club from Swedish side AIK on Monday, according to Romano.
The midfielder has reportedly signed a contract until 2027, although Brighton are yet to confirm the move.
"Swedish talent Yasin Ayari has signed as new Brighton player on €6m deal from AIK, done and completed," tweeted Romano.
"Been told contract will be valid until June 2027 — medical completed too."
The arrival of Ayari has led to speculation that Brighton have signed him as a replacement for Moises Caicedo, who has been strongly linked with a move away from the club in January.
Arsenal have had two bids – the latest worth £70m – rejected for the Ecuador international, who has expressed a desire to move before the transfer window closes.
While the signing of Ayari bolsters Robert De Zerbi's midfield options, talkSPORT journalist Alex Crook insists the youngster has not been signed as a replacement for Caicedo.
"Not done yet but #BHAFC are putting the finishing touches to the £5m deal for young Swedish midfielder Yasin Ayari. Should be confirmed today," he tweeted on Monday.
"He is one for the future and NOT a replacement Caicedo who is still not for sale."
Caicedo asks Brighton to leave
Last week, Caicedo issued a public statement asking Brighton to allow him to leave before the window closes at the end of the month.
He wrote: "I am grateful to Mr. Bloom and Brighton for giving me the chance to come to the Premier League and I feel I have always done my best for them. I always play football with a smile and with heart.
"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.
"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.
"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 up this magnificent opportunity."
It remains to be seen whether Arsenal will return with an improved bid for Caicedo, and if Brighton would be willing to accept it even if they did.
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Topics: Arsenal, Brighton And Hove Albion, Football, Premier League, Transfers, Moises Caicedo
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