Italian boss admits possible Arsenal signing ‘deserves’ big move to play at High Level


Brighton manager Roberto De Zerbi has admitted that ARSENAL target Moises Caicedo “deserve” to play at a higher level.

Caicedo has developed into one of the most sought after young midfielders in the Premier League – and a man that has been heavily tipped with the likes of Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham over the past few months.

He was heavily tipped for a move to Arsenal – and even demanded the transfer – but that never happened and he recently signed a new contract with Brighton.

However – that has not stopped speculation in the media which has suggested that the Gunners will be back in the summer window to make a fresh move for the player – and now they have seemingly been given the green light over a possible deal

Speaking ahead of Brighton’s final home match of the season tomorrow, De Zerbi has admitted that some of his best players deserve to be playing at a higher level – he said: “It can be the last game but I don’t know.

“They can have the possibility to change (clubs) because they deserve to play at another level.

“But now we can offer them the possibility to play in Europe because our level is bigger now. We can offer them one possibility more.”

Caicedo recently insisted he has no regrets about his now infamous Instagram statement, which amounted to a very public transfer request, and remains in awe of an Arsenal side who remain in contention to finish the season as champions.

‘I’d seen a lot of ARSENAL before knowing that there was a possibility of me signing for them,’ Caicedo told the Daily Telegraph when asked why he wanted to join the Gunners.

‘I watched them and I liked them because they have very young, talented players and some stars but they always have that mindset of wanting more.

‘Of course,’ he added, when asked if he wanted Arsenal to pip City to the title. ‘I hope so but let’s see.’

Caicedo was also coy on the prospect of leaving in the summer – he added: ‘I’m sure I’m going to have many more opportunities,’

‘That’s why I continue to do things well.

‘[But] it was tough. At the beginning when I didn’t end up going, lots of people would make fun of me on Instagram.

‘People treated me badly. I didn’t check my social media because it would hurt me to see things.

‘I just want to have a really good season with Brighton now, to finish off the season well and play really well and then we’ll see what happens next season.’


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