• Plan boosts Chelsea’s hopes of getting Brighton’s Caicedo
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Arsenal are targeting the Southampton midfielder Roméo Lavia after deciding to leave the path clear for Chelsea to push ahead with a move for Brighton & Hove Albion’s Moisés Caicedo.

Mikel Arteta wants to sign two midfielders and his first priority is a deal for the West Ham captain, Declan Rice. West Ham are holding out for at least £100m, having rejected Arsenal’s opening offer of £80m plus add-ons, and that transfer would take a hefty chunk out of Arteta’s budget.

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