Chelsea have reached an settlement to signal Marc Cucurella from Brighton for £52.5m.
The Spaniard handed in a switch request on Friday in a bid to push via a transfer to Manchester Metropolis however the Premier League champions didn’t wish to pay Brighton’s asking worth for the 24-year-old.
The Seagulls had beforehand rejected a £30m bid for the full-back from Pep Guardiola’s aspect, who’re on the lookout for a substitute for Oleksandr Zinchenko after he joined Arsenal.
Cucurella loved a massively profitable first Premier League season after transferring from Getafe in a deal price round £15m final summer season and was named Brighton’s participant of the season.
Brighton didn’t wish to let Cucurella go away and it took Chelsea’s large supply for them to promote as he had 4 years remaining on his contract on the Amex.
Chelsea moved for Cucurella with doubts surrounding the way forward for left-back Marcos Alonso, with Barcelona reportedly desirous to signal the 31-year-old this summer season. Blues captain Cesar Azpilicueta can be needed by the Spanish giants with the defender having one 12 months left on his deal.
First-choice left-back Ben Chilwell, who joined from Leicester in August 2020 for £50m, missed the vast majority of final season with a knee harm however has returned to full health in pre-season.
Thomas Tuchel’s aspect have made two signings this summer season with the arrivals of Raheem Sterling for £47.5m from Metropolis and defender Kalidou Koulibaly from Napoli in a £33m deal.
Why did Brighton worth Cucurella at £50m?
Sky Sports activities‘ Elliot Cook dinner analyses how Brighton got here to promote Cucurella for over £50m:
“Manchester Metropolis’s £30m bid was thought of laughable within the corridors of the Amex. There was a way of disappointment with the way in which Metropolis dealt with their pursuit of the participant.
“Brighton’s argument for putting that price ticket on the participant is comprised of the next: They offered Ben White to Arsenal for £50m after one season within the Premier League with Brighton. Cucurella is taken into account to be a greater participant now and by way of potential.
“Secondly, Cucurella is just one 12 months right into a five-year contract. Brighton signed him from Getafe for a payment within the area of £15m. I am instructed Guardiola monitored Cucurella whereas he was at Getafe and stored a watch on his progress.
“Tony Bloom is a tough negotiator. If Chelsea needed Cucurella, they needed to pay over £50m. Brighton had been in a robust place. Chelsea had missed out on a few of their defensive targets and Brighton knew they’ve wealthy homeowners.
“Brighton had been seeking to purchase a participant who can play left of a again three or within the left-back space earlier than Manchester Metropolis’s bid for Cucurella. We reported they made a bid for Rangers’ Calvin Bassey who went to Ajax. They’ll signal a substitute in that space.
“Sky in Germany have reported that they are concerned with RB Leipzig’s Angelino. It is unlikely they’ll go for a confirmed Premier League left-back. Brighton’s recruitment coverage is to purchase younger expertise from overseas, not purchase established Premier League gamers.
“They’ve been monitoring Chelsea’s younger centre-back Levi Colwill as produce other Premier League golf equipment. It appears Chelsea do not wish to promote him however might permit him to go on mortgage.”
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