Moises Caicedo has now made it very clear that he wants to leave Brighton before the end of the January window, posting a statement on social media revealing his intentions.
Arsenal and Chelsea are interested in the player, with the Gunners making a £60million offer for his services this month.
The Ecuadorian midfielder is keen to make the most of the interest and is already speaking like his Brighton days are now in the past.
The 21-year-old posted on Instagram & Twitter: ‘I am grateful to Mr. Bloom [owner and chairman] and Brighton for giving me the chance to come to the Premier League and I feel I have always done my best for them. I always play football with a smile and with heart.
‘I am the youngest of 10 siblings from a poor upbringing in Santa Domingo in Ecuador. My dream always to be the most decorated player in the history of Ecuador.
‘I am proud to be able to bring in a record transfer fee for Brighton which would allow them to reinvest it and help the club continue to be successful.
‘The fans have taken me into their hearts and they will always be in my heart so I hope they can understand why I want to take up this magnificent opportunity.’
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However, Brighton want to keep hold of Caicedo, having already lost Leandro Trossard to Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal this month.
There is always a price that will force a sale, but Brighton are believed to want more like £80m for the player than the £60m that Arsenal have offered.