Marc Cucurella


'Inaccurate'- Marc Cucurella To Chelsea Transfer Agreement Denied By Brighton

There was a fresh twist in the ongoing Marc Cucurella transfer saga on Wednesday night after Brighton publicly dismissed claims that a deal had been agreed with Chelsea.

It was widely reported earlier in the evening that Chelsea had wrapped up the signing of

Cucurella pending a medical, with the two clubs settling on a £52.5million fee after further negotiations.

The Spanish international is expected to sign a six-year contract at Stamford Bridge until 2028 and travel to west London on Thursday in order to complete the formalities behind the high-profile switch.


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However, Brighton have since taken to social media with a terse statement to emphatically deny that they have agreed any exit for Cucurella.

The Seagulls wrote on Twitter: “Contrary to inaccurate reports from numerous media outlets this evening, no agreement has been reached with any club to sell Marc Cucurella.”

Brighton only signed ex-Barcelona wing-back Cucurella from LaLiga outfit Getafe in a £15m deal last summer,

with the 24-year-old shining in his first season on the south coast, making 38 appearances across all competitions under Graham Potter.

Pep Guardiola had wanted to take the player to Manchester City this summer, but the reigning Premier League champions walked away from a potential deal last week after refusing to meet Brighton’s asking price.

Chelsea Agreed £52.5m With Brighton To Sign Marc Cucurella

Chelsea have completed the £52.5million signing of Marc Cucurella from Brighton, pending a medical.

The Blues have agreed a fixed fee with no add-ons and a contract until 2028 for the left-sided defender and Spanish international.

It follows Manchester City walking away from protracted talks over Cucurella after seeing their £40m offer turned down to work on other potential targets.


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Thomas Tuchel has long been an admirer of the wing-back, who has been scouted and of interest to Chelsea since before the German was appointed as manager.

Blues defender Levi Colwill is on the verge of joining Brighton in exchange.

The fee for Colwill is thought to be around £25m with a buy-back clause set at approximately £50m, with the final details still being thrashed out.

Chelsea were reluctant to let him go permanently so negotiated the clause.

Brighton are now set to beat Crystal Palace, Southampton and Leicester in the race for the 19-year-old academy graduate, who spent last season on loan in the Championship at Huddersfield.

Three Way Chelsea Could Line Up With Marc Cucurella

Marc Cucurella’s impending transfer to Chelsea has raised a lot of questions – most notably, where will he play?

The attacking full-back could soon find himself competing with Ben Chilwell, with the Blues in talks over a £50million deal to sign him from Brighton.

Although there is no doubting his quality, there are concerns about where Cucurella will fit in at Chelsea.

The equation will be a complex one for Thomas Tuchel to solve but, with the start of the new season just days away, he is keen to add as much quality as possible after missing out on several targets.

The need for a centre-back has long been a priority for Chelsea but they have tried and

failed to sign Matthias de Ligt, Nathan Ake, Presnel Kimpembe and Jules Kounde.

A new wing-back has also been on the agenda but two new central defenders have been the priority after the club lost Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen on free transfers.

Despite being only 5ft 6ins tall, Cucurella has played at centre-back in a back three at Brighton.


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Equally, Chilwell played there at Leicester under Brendan Rodgers.

It would provide an option, albeit an imperfect one, for Tuchel to get both players on the pitch together.

The problem is that it would nullify one of the two best attacking full-backs in the Premier League, minimising the attributes that persuaded Chelsea to spend £50m on them both.

Tuchel is also keen to switch to a back four when he needs to next season, and he could do so when both Chilwell and Cucurella are in the team.

In the 4-0 pre-season defeat to Arsenal last month,

Chelsea started in a 4-4-2 formation and could do the same with one of Chilwell or Cucurella on the left of midfield.

They could also switch one of the two to the right in a 3-4-3, pushing Reece James back to centre-back and using one of the left footers as an inverted wing-back.

Tuchel did the same in reverse last season, utilising James on the left, when he felt the tactical need or when injuries hit the team.

Cucurella and Chilwell will have to be versatile to help Chelsea achieve their goals as they experiment with new formations following a strange transfer window.

There is still uncertainty around transfers at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea still want to sign more defenders, with Leicester City’s Wesley Fofana and RB Leipzig’s Josko Gvardiol on the agenda.

They also need to sell players, with the futures of Fulham target Malang Sarr, Barcelona target Marcos Alonso and Emerson Palmieri all in doubt.

Chelsea have just under a month to find balance both on and off the pitch.

Tuchel and new owners Todd Boehly and Clearlake Capital are set for a busy month with Chelsea set to be one of the most active clubs in the transfer market between now and the transfer window closing on September 1.