ARSENAL remain keen to sign Brighton midfielder Moises Caicedo this summer, according to reports.
The Gunners saw offers of £60million and £70m rejected by the Seagulls in the January transfer window.
Caicedo, 21, then agreed a new four-year deal with Brighton earlier this month to keep him at the club until 2027.
The south-coast side also have the option of extending his £60,000-a-week contract by a further 12 months.
He has contributed two goals and three assists in 36 appearances since arriving from Independiente in 2021.
Meanwhile, Arsenal looked elsewhere for a midfielder and landed on Chelsea man Jorginho.
Yet despite recruiting in the mid-season window AND seeing Caicedo pen a new deal, Football Insider understand the Gunners are still interested in the Ecuadorian international.
Manchester United and Chelsea are also thought to be in for the South American – who is reportedly still keen on a big move at the end of the season.
During the January window he demanded to leave and took to social media to plead that the club let him depart.
Since then, he has appeared to delete his Instagram and change his agent.
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And after Brighton strengthened their negotiating position through the signing of a new deal, Caicedo is now understood to be valued at £90m.
The Seagulls have a history of commanding big transfer fees for their star players.
Arsenal are well aware of that having paid £50m for Ben White and £27m for Leandro Trossard.
Chelsea also spent £62m to acquire Marc Cucurella in the summer.
Meanwhile, Mikel Arteta‘s desire to bolster his midfield options comes as he bids to make Arsenal regular title challengers.
The Gunners sit five points clear at the top of the Premier League table with 12 games remaining.
But they are exceeding expectations with just three regular midfield options in Thomas Partey, Granit Xhaka and Jorginho.
And Xhaka’s future is still somewhat uncertain as he prepares to enter the final 12 months of his existing deal.