Brighton and Hove Albion head coach Roberto De Zerbi believes the club are "ready to go forward without" Moises Caicedo following interest from Arsenal.
Caicedo has been strongly linked with a move away from the Amex Stadium all month, but reports of interest intensified this week.
Arsenal were rumoured to have had a bid worth £60million rejected by Brighton, which seemed to prompt Caicedo to publicly declare his desire to leave.
In a statement posted to social media on Friday, the Ecuador international spoke of wanting to make the most of a "magnificent opportunity".
While he did not specifically name Arsenal, the Gunners – who signed Leandro Trossard from the Seagulls in this window – are said to have since upped their offer to roughly £70m.
Brighton have told Caicedo to stay away from the first team while his future is unresolved, hence his absence from Sunday's 2-1 FA Cup win over Liverpool, but De Zerbi is apparently content for a sale to go through.
"Caicedo is a very, very good guy," the told reporters after the game. "I can understand because when you are 21 and you have a request from a big team, they are playing in Europe.
"I would like him to finish the season with us, but we are ready to go forward without him – I think we need some players in some positions.
"I spoke a lot with [Brighton chairman] Tony [Bloom], he knows very well my opinion. We are a good team, but we can improve from the transfer window.
"We lost [Leandro] Trossard and if we also lose Caicedo, it can be a problem for us if we want to fight for Europe."
Caicedo's statement of intent to leave caught fans by surprise, and De Zerbi earlier described it as a "mistake".
But the Brighton coach also sympathised with the 21-year-old, convinced those advising him were behind it rather than Caicedo unilaterally deciding to publish the comments.
"I was surprised, but I can understand where the mistake started," De Zerbi added.
"I don't know if you understand, but Moises is a good guy. I think [he was influenced by someone else]."