Graham Potter not surprised by transfer interest in Moises Caicedo

Brighton manager Graham Potter said it was no surprise that Moises Caicedo was attracting interest from the Premier League’s top clubs.

Ecuador midfielder Caicedo has been linked with Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal but Potter is confident he will remain at the south coast beyond Thursday’s transfer deadline.

Potter, whose side are looking to extend their unbeaten start to the season at Fulham on Tuesday night, told a press conference: “Well I’m not surprised people are looking at him because he’s playing at a fantastic level.

“Once you research him you realize he’s a top kid, a great person, young, plays in the Premier League and has all the qualities to play at the very highest level.”

Caicedo’s value has skyrocketed since he joined the Seagulls for £4.5million from Ecuadorian side Independiente del Valle in February 2021.

He made eight Premier League appearances last season after helping Ecuador reach the World Cup in Qatar, and this time played every minute in the top flight as the Seagulls soared in fourth place .

Potter added: “No surprise but we know the position he is in and we know the position the club is in so we don’t want to lose him.

“We don’t think so, but in football you never know. That’s how it is, but we’re very calm and confident.”

Brighton have won three of their first four league games under Potter after finishing ninth last season.

Saturday’s 1-0 win over Leeds at the Amex lifted them to 10 points with second-placed Manchester City and Tottenham, but Potter pays little attention to their high position.

He added: “Maybe we can be more excited if we’re here with four games to go. We have to be satisfied with our start and we are positive.

“Ten points from four games is a great return and we’re happy with that, but we have to stay calm and keep doing our best.”

Potter will give Joel Veltman a late fitness test before the game at Craven Cottage. The Dutch defender had to be substituted against Leeds after injuring his neck.

Adam Lallana is out until October with a calf injury, while Jakub Moder and Jeremy Sarmiento (both knee) remain absent. Graham Potter not surprised by transfer interest in Moises Caicedo

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