Chelsea include secret clause in Moises Caicedo deal that has helped them beat Liverpool to record transfer
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Chelsea have included a secret clause as part of the deal to sign Moises Caicedo from Brighton over Liverpool, according to a new report.
But according to Sky Sports, Caicedo informed the Reds that he wanted to join Chelsea. At the time, Mauricio Pochettino's side had yet to submit an acceptable bid - and would have to beat or match Liverpool's offer in order to sign him.
Now, they have agreed an eight-year contract with the midfielder, and have the option of a ninth.
Once the signing is confirmed, it will bring to an end one of the wildest transfer sagas in recent seasons.
Now, it has emerged that a 'secret clause' helped the Blues to land Caicedo.
Chelsea included 'secret clause' in Moises Caicedo deal
According to CBS Sports reporter Ben Jacobs, Chelsea's £115 million bid does not represent an up-front payment to Brighton - or the figure spread out across the early stages of the player's contract.
He claims that Chelsea have offered £100 million for the midfielder, as well as a further £15 million. It is unclear as to how the extra £15 million would be triggered - but the clause has pushed their proposal ahead of Liverpool's
Furthermore, there is also a sell-on clause included.
Jacobs tweeted: "Although Chelsea's Moises Caicedo talks have been described as "complicated", Chelsea have felt really optimistic since Friday night.
"£115m package (believed to be £100+15m) is now being finalised with a sell-on clause on top. Sources indicate a deal is imminent. Chelsea want to do the medical within 48 hours if they can."
Although Chelsea's Moises Caicedo talks have been described as "complicated", #CFC have felt really optimistic since Friday night. £115m package (believed to be £100+15m) is now being finalised with a sell-on clause on top. Sources indicate a deal is imminent. Chelsea want to do… pic.twitter.com/ukH2QaDJ0l— Ben Jacobs (@JacobsBen) August 13, 2023
After their 1-1 draw with Liverpool on Sunday, Blues boss Pochettino was asked by Sky Sports about whether he could give any update on the Caicedo negotiations. But the Argentinian remained tight-lipped on how far along the deal is.
He stated: "No, at the moment we don't know nothing.
"We are working so hard, but I think at the moment that if something happens we will inform you directly, through the club."