Chelsea have beaten Manchester City in the race to sign £62m Cucurella from Brighton
Chelsea have completed the signing of Marc Cucurella from Brighton as Thomas Tuchel’s spending spree continues this summer. The Spanish defender was a highly sought-after player during the summer transfer window, with Manchester City and Barcelona also keen to sign him.
After joining Brighton in the summer of 2021 from Spanish side Getafe for a fee of £15.4m, he is on the move again.
He had a fantastic season with the Seagulls which saw him win Player of the Season and being voted Player of the Season.
How much did Chelsea pay to sign Cucurella?
Chelsea will pay Brighton £55m (€65m/$67m) plus potential £7m add-ons to sign Cucurella from Brighton.
How did Chelsea announce Cucurella?
The defender’s arrival has been a source of controversy, after Brighton denied earlier this week that a deal had been agreed.
They wrote on Twitter: “CLUB STATEMENT: MARC CUCURELLA. Contrary to inaccurate reports from many media tonight, no agreement has been reached with any club to sell Marc Cucurella.”
However, how the transfer went, Chelsea turned the tables with a tweet from them aiming tongue in cheek at the Seagulls.
CLUB STATEMENT: MARC CUCURELLA.
Following reports from numerous media outlets this week, we can confirm that an agreement has been reached with Brighton and Hove Albion for the signing of Marc Cucurella.
– Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) August 5, 2022
How did Chelsea manage to sign Cucucrella?
Cucurella was wanted by Manchester City earlier this summer, but the club disagreed with the player’s £50m valuation. They submitted an initial offer of £30m which was rejected, then presented an improved offer of £40m which was also rebuffed by the Seagulls.
Barcelona were also one of the defender’s suitors and he was open to a move to the La Liga outfit as he hails from Catalonia. However, the deal couldn’t be completed as Brighton stuck to their price tag. Chelsea were given a window to start talks and the Blues agreed to pay the fee.
During negotiations, Brighton were also pushing to sign youngster Levi Colwill – and that deal is also now complete, with the versatile defender arriving on a season-long loan.
Where will Cucurella play at Chelsea?
Cucurella is expected to fit seamlessly into the left-back position at Chelsea. However, he will face stiff competition from Ben Chilwell who will be looking to regain his mojo after an injury-plagued 2021-22 campaign.
He was part of Chelsea’s trip to the United States in pre-season and looked set to return to competition.
Marcus Alonso is another contender for the left-back position. He is one of Tuchel’s trusted lieutenants and has been used extensively in pre-season.
However, he is being touted for a move from the club to Barcelona which should reduce competition for the new signing.