Cucurella joins Chelsea in a deal price an preliminary £56m with a doable £7m in add-ons. Chelsea’s Levi Colwill will be part of Brighton on a season-long mortgage in return for the Cucurella switch. The mortgage deal doesn’t embrace an choice to make the switch everlasting.
In a press convention on Friday, Thomas Tuchel mentioned: “Marc is a incredible participant, a younger participant. He’s younger, hungry, cellular and a really clever participant who can play loads of positions in our system.”
On signing for Chelsea, Cucurella mentioned: “I am actually pleased. It is a massive alternative for me to affix the most effective golf equipment on this planet and I will work laborious to be pleased right here and assist the crew.”
Cucurella, 24, was needed by Manchester Metropolis and Cucurella handed in a switch request however the two golf equipment could not strike a deal, with Brighton standing agency on a £50m valuation for the left-back. The deal stalled, as sources advised ESPN that Metropolis weren’t keen to pay the asking worth for the switch, permitting Chelsea to battle for his signature.
Sources advised ESPN that Metropolis have been solely taken with signing the Spain left-back if the asking switch payment was lowered to £35m.
Chelsea chairman Todd Boehly mentioned: “Marc is an elite defender of confirmed Premier League high quality and he additional strengthens our squad going into the brand new season. We proceed to work on and off the pitch, and we’re delighted Marc will probably be part of the current and future at Chelsea.”
All through the switch window, Tuchel has seemed to bolster his defensive choices with Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen becoming a member of Actual Madrid and Barcelona respectively. Chelsea needed to signal Matthijs de Ligt and Jules Kounde, however the two defenders opted to maneuver to Bayern Munich and Barcelona.
Cucurella, who gained Brighton’s participant of the season award final season, performed 38 video games throughout his one 12 months stick with Graham Potter’s crew.