Brighton have reportedly placed a valuation of £100m on Moises Caicedo after Chelsea’s latest attempt to raid the south-coast club, according to The Times.
Chelsea made a formal offer for the Ecuadorian midfielder of about half that amount last week, which was rejected without negotiation by Brighton.
Owner Tony Bloom will not countenance a further January sale with his squad already depleted by the within-season sales of left back Marc Cucurella to Chelsea, attacking midfielder Leandro Trossard to Arsenal, plus the health-enforced retirement of Enock Mwepu.
Marcelo Bielsa and his backroom staff are likely to cost Everton up to £1m a month, if he is to agree a deal to become the next manager at Goodison Park.
That is the figure currently being discussed between Bielsa and the Everton hierarchy, Sky Sports News has been told, and would cover all the members of the Argentinian coach’s support staff.
Bielsa’s particular negotiating style sees him request a large fee which he then distributes throughout his coaching team, who come as a non-negotiable part of the package.
Whilst Bielsa is number one on Everton’s wanted list, it’s understood there are concerns among the bosses about the cost, and about making such wholesale changes to their coaching staff structure.
Sean Dyche and Ralph Hassenhuttl remain contenders for the vacancy, should negotiations with Bielsa break down.