Graham Potter says the transfer speculation surrounding Moises Caicedo “is what it is” as Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool continue to monitor the Brighton starlet.
The 20-year-old, who spent the first half of last season on loan at Beerschot in Belgium, has started in both Premier League games to date. And following Yves Bissouma’s move to Tottenham, Brighton appear set to rely more heavily on the Ecuador man.
He’s a midfielder who is loved on the south coast and Potter insists he is a “delight to work with”.
Caidedo has played just 10 top-flight games in his fledgling career, losing only once, and Seagulls head coach Potter is excited by his potential.
It’s also that potential which has got some of the Premier League’s big guns interested.
The Daily Express has revealed Arsenal and Man Utd were keeping tabs on Caicedo’s development and could move for him.
90min has since provided an update and revealed Liverpool would like to capture Caicedo too.
Potter though refuses to think about the speculation.
“He’s a really humble person, loves playing football,” said Potter.
“Really low maintenance as a player, just comes and wants to join in his football with his team-mates. He’s really enjoying his football, as you can imagine.
“He’s only young, but he’s got such a high possibility we think. We love him here.
“As for speculation, it is what it is. While the transfer window is open you always get that type of stuff but he’s really enjoying his football here and we’re really enjoying having him.
“As a coach, he’s a delight to work with. He hasn’t played many games, but he hasn’t lost that many in the Premier League either so maybe he thinks it’s a little different than it is, but long may that continue of course.”
Maupay ‘not desperate to leave’
Brighton face West Ham on Sunday and striker Neal Maupay is set to be involved at the London Stadium.
The Frenchman was left out of Albion’s squad for last weekend’s goalless draw with Newcastle amid transfer links with Nottingham Forest, Fulham and Everton.
Potter says the 26-year-old, whose contract expires next summer, is “not desperate” to leave the Amex Stadium. And he insists the club are not “kicking him out of the door”.
“No updates,” replied Potter when asked about Maupay.
“Things happened on the day before the (Newcastle) game so we took the decision not to involve him. But he’s trained all week with us so he’ll be in the squad (for West Ham).
“I don’t think Neal’s desperate to leave, we’re certainly not kicking him out of the door.”
Caicedo is set to be joined in Brighton’s squad on Sunday by compatriot Pervis Estupinan.
Left-back Estupinan, 24, arrived from Villarreal on Tuesday for around £16m to help fill the gap left by Marc Cucurella’s £60m departure to Chelsea.
“He’s a attacking full-back,” Potter said of Estupinan. “He has some attributes that we think are really useful for us and looking forward to working with him.
“He’s obviously only just arrived and needs to settle in but first impressions have been really positive.”