Date: 25th January 2023 at 8:57am
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Chelsea won’t be involved in the FA Cup fourth round ties this weekend following their third round exit at the hands of Manchester City earlier this month.

The Blues were beaten 4-0 by The Citizens , their second defeat against City in a matter of days, and will therefore now not play until next Friday when they face Fulham in the Premier League.

The two defeats to Pep Guardiola’s side piled the misery on Graham Potter and his side, who had won just once in 11 games before a 1-0 victory over Crystal Palace last week.

A draw against Liverpool at Anfield on Saturday was another positive for Potter, who has been boosted by the arrival of six new signings this month.

Joao Felix and Mykhaylo Mudryk have both impressed during brief cameos, while fellow new recruit Benoit Badiashile has started Chelsea’s last two league games.

Noni Madueke and Andrey Santos are yet to make their debuts for the club, while David Datro Fofana’s debut came in the form of a 45-minute spell during Chelsea’s 4-0 defeat at The Etihad.

Despite the influx of new arrivals, Chelsea are believed to still be working on more new signings, although they will have to spend big to land one of their prime targets.

Caicedo has a £100 million price tag

According to The Times, Brighton and Hove Albion have slapped a £100 million price tag on midfielder Moises Caicedo.

The Ecuador international, who impressed at the World Cup in Qatar, is believed to be one of The Blues’ main targets as they look to bolster their midfield options.

Chelsea are said to have had a £55 million offer for the player rejected last week, but it is unclear as to whether or not they are willing to meet The Seagulls’ demands.

Caicedo, 21, has impressed since making his debut for Brighton last season.

The Ecuadorian initially joined the club from Independiente in February 2021, but he spent the first half of last season on loan in Belgium.

Since returning to the Premier League, Caicedo has made 31 appearances for The Seagulls, and his performances have attracted interest from Chelsea.

Current Blues boss Potter was in charge of Brighton when Caicedo arrived from his native Ecuador, and he appears to be keen on a reunion with the player at Stamford Bridge.

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