The agent of Moises Caicedo has claimed he and his client were made ‘dizzy’ by Liverpool’s bid, before ultimately deciding to sign for Chelsea.
The Caicedo transfer saga became one of the big talking points of the summer.
Back in August, Liverpool saw an offer of £111m accepted by Brighton as they sought to bring the Ecuadorian to Anfield, following the departures of Fabinho and Jordan Henderson to Saudi Arabia.
However, Caicedo ultimately turned down the move to Anfield, preferring to join Chelsea in a record deal for a British transfer.
Chelsea also ended up signing Liverpool’s backup target Romeo Lavia, while the Reds finished the summer with the arrivals of Wataru Endo and Ryan Gravenberch.
Now, Caicedo’s agent, Manuel Sierra, has detailed exactly how things unfolded the way they did in those chaotic days of the transfer window.
Speaking to the YouTube channel Futbol sin Cassette, he revealed that Liverpool had been in talks for the Ecuadorian between January and May, but the summer offer came out of the blue.
“Liverpool was always interested in Moi,” Sierra revealed.
“The truth is, we had meetings during those months from January to May. But after May, we never heard anything more.
“The first thing we were told is, ‘Tomorrow, you have to go to Liverpool for a medical.’
“Of course, what’s our reaction going to be if we haven’t negotiated, haven’t talked, haven’t seen anything at all?
“We knew where things could happen because we were talking with them until May. In the end, our side and the player’s side were not a problem, but the problem was Brighton.
“When they told us, ‘You can go to Liverpool tomorrow’. well, our reaction was, ‘Okay, but do you understand why?’ So, that was the comedy.
“In other words, they told us to go for a medical examination with Liverpool without having an agreement, without giving the green light. Even Klopp wrote to Moises with Brighton’s permission and all, but Moises was clear all along, and we were clear all along that if Chelsea matched or offered the same conditions that Liverpool could with Brighton, as I said, they surpassed it. So, there were no complaints.”
Sierra also revealed that his client was made ‘dizzy’ by Liverpool’s surprise offer while admitting that the Reds offered a ‘more stable project’ in the short-term than Chelsea.
“In the end, it’s very complicated,” He said. “Imagine that you’re being written to and called by Jurgen Klopp, that Liverpool is calling you.
“We’re talking about something really big, one of the best teams in the world, just like Chelsea. Well, with a more established and stable project than what Chelsea has today, which is a very ambitious project looking ahead to two years.
“So, when Liverpool comes and approaches you in that way, obviously Moises gets dizzy, I even get dizzy myself, and he says, “Man, we must be doing something right, you know.”
“But Chelsea was by our side all along, asking us, not for much time, they were asking for an hour, I mean, just an hour, so that Brighton could tell them the conditions to match the offer.
“As I said, they were given an hour, which turned into two days of negotiation. Also, because they had the handicap that the first game of the season was Chelsea vs. Liverpool, it would have been a bit awkward to present it on the day they played against each other.
“It’s like an unwritten agreement to not laugh in each other’s faces. So, in the end, after the game ended, they gave us the green light, he passed the medical examination, and on Monday, we were presenting him.”
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