Arsenal to get revenge on Chelsea and hijack their priority midfield target: report

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta looks on during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Newcastle United at Emirates Stadium on January 03, 2023 in London, England.
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Arsenal are prepared to hijack Chelsea over a signing – and avenge the Blues over the Mykhaylo Mudryk saga.

The Gunners were prepared to shell out close to €100 million for Ukrainian starlet Mudryk, before Chelsea swooped in at the 11th hour to agree a deal instead. The winger spectacularly moved to Stamford Bridge, leaving Arsenal to sign Leandro Trossard instead. 

But now, with the west Londoners looking for midfield reinforcements, it seems as if the north Londoners could get their own back. 

Mykhaylo Mudryk applauds while being introduced to the fans on the pitch at half time during the Premier League match between Chelsea FC and Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge on January 15, 2023 in London, England.

Mykhaylo Mudryk was hijacked by Chelsea after big rumours of him going to Arsenal  (Image credit: Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images)

According to the Telegraph (opens in new tab), Arsenal are prepared to break their transfer record to bring Brighton & Hove Albion (opens in new tab) midfielder Moises Caicedo to the Emirates Stadium. Both Liverpool and Chelsea want the Ecuadorian.

Mohamed Elneny is apparently suffering an injury (opens in new tab) that could keep him out for the foreseeable future – and manager Mikel Arteta has admitted that it could force his team into the market for a replacement. The only other candidate to deputise for Thomas Partey would be Albert Sambi Lokonga.

Though the table-toppers remain linked with West Ham United captain Declan Rice over a summer move, the injury to Elneny may well accelerate plans. Caicedo could be a more attainable option in the short-term – especially with other clubs circling.

It seems unlikely that either Chelsea or Liverpool will move in the next few days for the 21-year-old, preferring to leave that deal to the summer. Arsenal could, in turn, trump everyone else to the signing, given that getting him now could sustain their title challenge. 

Moises Caicedo of Brighton and Hove Albion during the Premier League match between Brighton & Hove Albion and Leicester City at American Express Community Stadium on September 4, 2022 in Brighton, United Kingdom.

Moises Caicedo of Brighton and Hove Albion is wanted by a number of top clubs (Image credit: Jacques Feeney/Offside/Offside via Getty Images)

It remains more likely, however, that Arsenal will wait until the summer to make a big bid for a defensive midfielder – and that the Brighton star is second-choice behind Rice for the role. Rumours of midfielders joining before deadline day, however, are scant. 

Caicedo is valued at €38m by Transfermarkt (opens in new tab)

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Mark White
Staff Writer

Mark White has been a staff writer on FourFourTwo since joining in January 2020, writing pieces for both online and the magazine. An encyclopedia of football shirts and boots knowledge – both past and present – Mark has also been to the FA Cup and League Cup finals for FFT and has written pieces for the mag ranging on subjects from Bobby Robson's season at Barcelona to Robinho's career. He once saw Tyrone Mings at a petrol station in Bournemouth but felt far too short to ask for a photo.