Moises Caicedo: A midfielder is required for Brighton’s “fight” for Europe, according to Roberto de Zerbi.

Losing Moises Caicedo would jeopardize Brighton’s chances of qualifying for Europe, according to manager Roberto de Zerbi.

The 21-year-old midfielder told Brighton in an open letter that he wanted to leave after receiving bids from both Arsenal and Chelsea.

Caicedo was told by the club to take time off until after the transfer deadline on Tuesday, so he missed Sunday’s 2-1 FA Cup win over Liverpool.

“I’d like him to finish the season with us,” De Zerbi said following the victory.

Brighton are sixth in the Premier League, five points behind fifth-placed Tottenham, but with two games in hand.

“Tony Bloom, the chairman of Brighton, is well aware of my viewpoint. We lost [Leandro] Trossard, and if we also lose Caicedo, it will be difficult for us to fight for Europe “According to De Zerbi.

“If we don’t lose Caicedo, we’ll fight.”

The Seagulls, who sold Trossard to league leaders Arsenal for £21 million plus add-ons earlier this month, have reportedly rejected a £60 million bid from the Gunners for Caicedo, as well as an earlier £55 million offer from Chelsea.

Before Brighton’s FA Cup match against Liverpool on Sunday, the manager said Caicedo had made a “mistake” by asking to leave the club.

“There are numerous options for everyone. We will determine the best solution for both him and us “The Italian continued.

The Ecuador international has made 26 Premier League appearances for Brighton, scoring twice, and is under contract until 2025.

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