NOTTINGHAM, ENGLAND - APRIL 26: Moises Caicedo of Brighton and Hove Albion running during the Premier League match between Nottingham Forest and Brighton & Hove Albion at City Ground on April 26, 2023 in Nottingham, England. (Photo by Nigel French/Sportsphoto/Allstar via Getty Images) Moisés Caicedo is reportedly set to join Liverpool for a British record transfer fee. Nigel French/Allstar/Getty Images CNN  — 

The Premier League kicks off this weekend and one of the most highly anticipated games of the opening weekend sees Chelsea host Liverpool – but not necessarily because of on-field matters.

The build-up to this game has been focused less on the teams’ first match of the new campaign and how they will do this season and more about which club might sign Brighton & Hove Albion midfielder Moisés Caicedo.

In one of the most topsy-turvy transfer sagas of recent history, Caicedo is being pursued by Liverpool and reportedly by Chelsea with nobody seemingly knowing which the 21-year-old will play for.

Liverpool has made a £111 million ($141 million) bid for the midfielder, but whether the Ecuadorian international signs for the 2019 Premier League champion remains to be seen.

Caicedo has also been strongly linked with a move to Chelsea during the summer transfer window and his agent didn’t respond to CNN’s request for comment as to where the midfielder was heading.

CNN has contacted Chelsea regarding multiple reports the club wants to sign Caicedo. Chelsea had not responded at the time of publication.

Soccer Football - Premier League - Brighton & Hove Albion v Manchester United - The American Express Community Stadium, Brighton, Britain - May 7, 2022 Brighton & Hove Albion's Moises Caicedo scores their first goal Action Images via Reuters/Matthew Childs EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club	/league/player publications.  Please contact your account representative for further details. The Ecuadorian midfielder has long impressed for Brighton since arriving on the British south coast. Matthew Childs/Action Images/Reuters

Liverpool head coach Jürgen Klopp confirmed in a press conference on Friday that the club had agreed a transfer fee with Brighton for Caicedo.

The BBC reported the fee for the Brighton star is $141 million, which would break the British and Premier League transfer record. The record is currently held by Chelsea after the London club paid Benfica £107m ($135 million) for Argentine midfielder Enzo Fernandez earlier this year.

Speaking earlier on Friday, Klopp said: “I got told I can confirm a deal with [Brighton] is agreed.

“What did change is that we are a club with not endless resources, so things we didn’t expect, a couple of things happening in the summer [Jordan Henderson and Fabinho leaving], stuff like this,” added Klopp, referring to the two former Liverpool midfielders, who have recently joined clubs in Saudi Arabia.

“We didn’t think about that before the summer, to be honest and when it happened, we gave it a go and obviously, the club was really stretched there, to be honest.”

However, in an extraordinary turn of events, Liverpool’s hopes of signing the 21-year-old midfielder appear premature with Caicedo reportedly, according to Sky Sports, favoring a move to Chelsea.

UNSPECIFIED, GERMANY - JULY 17:  (THE SUN OUT, THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) Jurgen Klopp manager of Liverpool talking with his players during a training session on July 17, 2023 in UNSPECIFIED, Germany. (Photo by Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images) Jürgen Klopp (second right) confirmed Liverpool have agreed a fee for Brighton star Caicedo. Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC/Getty Images

After arriving at Brighton from Independiente del Valle for £4.5 million ($5.7 million), Ecuadorian midfielder Caicedo has impressed during his time in the Premier League.

Following his performances, Caicedo has been highly sought after by some of England’s biggest clubs.

Arsenal reportedly bid for the 21-year-old midfielder in this year’s January transfer window, and Chelsea have long been linked with the Brighton star.

During the January transfer window Caicedo took to Instagram to plead for a move away. Caicedo was also reportedly told to steer clear of the Brighton training ground until the window closed, though he then signed a new-long term contract with the south coast club in March.

“I have already forgotten about Moises,” Brighton manager De Zerbi told a media conference on Friday. “I’m really proud of the players we have in the squad.

“We want to keep improving. The credit goes to the club. Bigger clubs can buy our players but they can’t buy our soul or spirit.

“We are Brighton, we achieved a big target last year – the same as Liverpool, better than Chelsea. I would like players who are proud to play in Brighton.”

The new Premier League season gets underway Friday with reigning champion Manchester City heading to newly promoted Burnley.

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