Moises Caicedo, a midfielder for Brighton, will be signed by Chelsea for a British record sum of £115 million.
On Friday, Liverpool agreed to pay £111 million for the 21-year-old Ecuadorian.
Caicedo, on the other hand, prefers Chelsea, and they have finally succeeded with an offer after having a series of approaches rejected by Brighton this summer.
Chelsea will smash the British record twice in 2023, following the £107 million signing of Argentina player Enzo Fernandez in January.
Caicedo is still awaiting a medical after being left out of Brighton's squad for their season-opening triumph at home against Luton Town.
The first sum is thought to be £100 million, with half of the additional payments considered fairly feasible, and Brighton has also secured a sell-on clause.
Brighton set a demand of over £100 million for Caicedo this summer, claiming no one would match it. Chelsea is thought to have already bid £80 million.
BREAKING: Moisés Caicedo to Chelsea, here we go! Agreement reached and sealed right now — it’s gonna British record transfer fee 🚨🔵🇪🇨 #CFC— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) August 13, 2023
£115m fee plus sell-on clause included for Brighton.
Medical tests, booked.
Caicedo will sign until June 2031 with option until 2032. pic.twitter.com/7O8whsRLdK
Bigger teams may purchase our players, but they can't buy our soul or spirit, manager Roberto de Zerbi said prior to the seagulls' match against Luton, adding that he had already forgotten about Caicedo.
Caicedo made his Premier League debut in April 2022 after moving from Ecuadorian side Independiente del Valle to Brighton for a fee of £4 million in February 2021.
He expressed a desire to leave Brighton earlier this year during the January transfer window before committing to a new contract through 2027 in March. Arsenal turned down a number of bids for the midfielder.
Following Axel Disasi, Christopher Nkunku, Nicolas Jackson, Lesley Ugochukwu, Angelo Gabriel, Robert Sanchez, and Diego Moreira as summer signings for Chelsea, Caicedo will be the club's eighth signing.
The club's new manager, Mauricio Pochettino, has been tasked with rebuilding the roster and significantly raising the bar from last season's 12th-place finish in the Premier League.
Chelsea's Premier League season got off to a 1-1 home tie against Liverpool on Sunday.">