Chelsea fans hopeful following recruitment’s comment on Caicedo
Chelsea’s Director of Recruitment, Joe Shields, has ignited speculation among fans after leaving a comment on Moises Caicedo’s Instagram Live following Brighton’s 1-1 draw against Manchester City.
The Ecuadorian midfielder has been a standout performer for Brighton this season and has been consistently linked with a high-value transfer.
During the January transfer window, Arsenal made two unsuccessful bids for Caicedo, with the second offer reportedly reaching around £70 million.
Despite Arsenal being considered the favorites to secure his signature this summer, Chelsea has also shown interest in the talented midfielder, as reported by Football Insider.
Following Wednesday night’s Premier League clash between Brighton and Manchester City at the Amex Stadium, Caicedo shared a live video on his Instagram story from the dressing room. During the stream, Shields, identified as the ‘co-director of recruitment and talent’ at Chelsea, left two clapping emojis as a comment.
This gesture did not go unnoticed by Chelsea supporters on social media.
Fans were quick to speculate on Shields’ comment, with one fan suggesting, “Joe Shields got something special for us. Moises Caicedo to Chelsea is happening,” while another enthusiastically wrote, “He’s coming to the biggest club in London.”
A third fan jokingly added, “Joe Shields, we see you brother. Midfield partner for Enzo?”
Shields, who joined Chelsea in October last year after leaving Southampton, has been advising owners Todd Boehly and Behdad Eghbali on recruitment matters.
Upon his appointment, Boehly and Eghbali expressed their excitement, stating, “Joe is another great addition to Chelsea, and we’re thrilled to have him on board. We have a clear plan and will adopt a modern and data-driven philosophy, focused on elite emerging talent.”
They further emphasized the importance of building a collaborative management team with a strong understanding of the game and emerging talent, highlighting Shields’ impressive track record.
The owners expressed their confidence in Shields as a leader and a team player who will contribute to the continued development of Chelsea’s world-class football organization.
As the summer transfer window approaches, the comment made by Joe Shields on Moises Caicedo’s Instagram Live has triggered speculation among Chelsea fans, hinting at the possibility of the highly rated Ecuadorian midfielder making a move to Stamford Bridge.
The situation remains uncertain, with Arsenal also actively pursuing Caicedo’s signature.