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Chelsea Will Step Up Efforts To Sign Nicolas Jackson And Moisés Caicedo This Week

This week, Chelsea will strengthen their efforts to capture both Nicolas Jackson of Villarreal and Moisés Caicedo of Brighton.

Jackson, a striker who is 21 years old, has agreed to personal terms, and Chelsea is debating whether to activate his £30 million release clause. The Senegal international was being followed by Aston Villa and Everton after failing a medical at Bournemouth in January, but Chelsea’s interest has grown as a result of recent conversations with the player’s camp.

If Chelsea met Jackson’s release clause, a deal would be easy to complete, though they may still try to work out a lesser price with Villarreal. It is unclear whether Jackson, who would require time to adjust to life in England, would be expected to become Mauricio Pochettino’s first option when looking to acquire a new striker.

Other high-profile but pricey targets for the team include Lautaro Martnez of Internazionale, Victor Osimhen of Napoli, and Dusan Vlahovic of Juventus. Romelu Lukaku wants to go back on loan to Inter, but Chelsea would rather sell the £97.5 million striker.

Another top goal for Chelsea is to strengthen their midfield since they anticipate losing N’Golo Kanté to Al-Ittihad on a free transfer. While Milan wants Ruben Loftus-Cheek, the sales of Mateo Kovacic to Manchester City and Mason Mount to Manchester United are also likely.

Chelsea is in a prime position to sign Caicedo after Arsenal dropped their interest in the Ecuadorian midfielder. Chelsea is anticipated to make a bid for Celta Vigo midfielder Gabri Veiga, who has a £34 million release clause. But dealing with Brighton over Caicedo won’t be simple. The 21-year-old is thought to be valued at around £100 million by the Seagulls.

Chelsea will try to negotiate a cheaper price after breaking the British transfer record in January when they paid £106.8 million to get Enzo Fernández. The club is adamant about not letting Levi Colwill join Brighton, but they would be open to including players in a deal for Caicedo.

The 20-year-old defender spent the previous season on loan at the Amex, and Albion’s attempt to acquire him permanently has already fallen through. Conor Gallagher, a midfielder for England, would be more welcome to join Chelsea in any deal with Caicedo.

Roméo Lavia of Southampton is another midfield target for Pochettino, but Arsenal, Liverpool, and United are also interested in the 19-year-old. Sandro Tonali of Milan, Nicol Barella of Inter, and Manu Koné of Borussia Mönchengladbach have also recently been mentioned in connection with Chelsea.

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