Moises Caicedo’s desire to leave Brighton and Hove Albion is well known. He was very close to signing a deal with Arsenal in January and even wrote a letter to his team’s administrators iterating his wish to leave.
The Ecuadorian has a long list of clubs interested in signing him. Given his unique skillset, fine passing, and box-to-box profile, the buzz is not surprising.
Earlier this week, the midfielder gave an interview with Carrusel Deportivo in which he spoke about his dream club. His answer will please those at the administration in Real Madrid.
“I would like to play for Real Madrid one day. It has always been my dream,” the Brighton midfielder said.
“Real Madrid is the best team in the world and I want to win the Champions League with them. It’s very nice to see how Madrid plays and the personality of players like Vinicius, Camavinga, Valverde… I also really enjoy watching Kroos,” he added.
The 21-year-old has played 28 games for Brighton so far in this season’s Premier League, scoring one goal and providing one assist in the process. He averages 1.2 key passes per game and has created three big chances in the process.
Defensively, his numbers are impressive. The youngster averages 1.5 interceptions, 3.2 tackles, 0.6 clearances, and over six duels won per game. His numbers coupled with his age translate to a highly desirable profile for Europe’s elite.
Caicedo’s contract with the Premier League side runs until June of 2027, and it is safe to assume that a transfer would involve a hefty fee. With Real Madrid looking for a few new faces in midfield, it remains to be seen if his recent statement stirs the offices.
At the moment, Los Blancos’ priority is Jude Bellingham. They find themselves locked in a two-horse race with Manchester City, and the result of the tussle has been an astronomical rise in Borussia Dortmund’s economic demands.
Real Madrid are said to have agreed on renewals with Toni Kroos and Luka Modric for next season. Thus, postponing the impending reinforcement to the next season is now a real option.
Brahim, Tchouameni start in a 4-3-1-2: How Real Madrid could lineup against Sevilla
Real Madrid are set to play hosts to Sevilla this evening, in what could prove to be a critical match in the context of the title race.
Although Los Blancos hold a formidable lead at the top of the table, the club are coming on the back of a disappointing result against Rayo Vallecano.
Dropping more points against Sevilla tonight could prove to be costly, especially with Barcelona and Girona breathing down their necks.
Potential Real Madrid lineup vs Sevilla
As Real Madrid approach this crucial game, coach Carlo Ancelotti has to make several arrangements, especially with so many players ruled out either due to injury or suspension.
Starting from the goalkeeper position, Thibaut Courtois remains out, which means Andriy Lunin should continue in between the sticks, ahead of the unhappy Kepa Arrizabalaga.
In the right-back position, Ancelotti is likely to opt for Lucas Vazquez, as Dani Carvajal is suspended after picking up two yellow cards in the last game.
On a bright note, though, Antonio Rudiger is back and should return to central defence. He will be accompanied by Nacho Fernandez at the heart of Real Madrid’s four-man backline.
Elsewhere in defence, Ferland Mendy should continue to start ahead of Fran Garcia in the left-back position.
Moving into midfield, Eduardo Camavinga has been ruled out due to suspension. However, Ancelotti does have a myriad of options in the middle of the park.
Aurelien Tchouameni should continue to operate in the number six position, just behind the two interior midfielders Toni Kroos and Federico Valverde.
Luka Modric is an option on the bench, should Ancelotti require more experience in the middle.
As for the attack, the Real Madrid frontline should be led by Brahim Diaz once again, even though he faces fierce competition from Joselu.
Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo, on the other hand, are guaranteed choices in the wide attacking spaces, though Ancelotti does have Arda Guler and Alvaro Rodriguez as potential alternatives.