Chelsea are growing increasingly confident of signing Brighton defender Marc Cucurella for £50 million this week.
Sky Sports reports claims of a full agreement now reached between Chelsea and Cucurella on personal terms, and the deal is said to be completed this week.
Marc Cucurella joined Brighton for £15 million last summer and was named the club’s player of the season after an impressive debut season; Manchester City had a £30 million bid turned down last week, but Chelsea is willing to meet Brighton’s £50 million asking price.
The Spaniard handed in a transfer request to City on Friday, but the Premier League champions will not pay Brighton’s asking price, putting Chelsea in pole position to sign the 24-year-old.
The Seagulls previously turned down a £30 million bid from Pep Guardiola’s side, who are looking for a replacement for Oleksandr Zinchenko, who joined Arsenal.
Cucurella had a fantastic first Premier League season after joining from Getafe in a £15 million deal last summer, and was named Brighton’s player of the season
Brighton do not want Cucurella to leave, and it would take a massive offer for them to sell him because he has four years left on his contract at the Amex. However, the left-back has now requested a transfer and asked to be sold.
Chelsea have moved for Cucurella amid speculation about the future of left-back Marcos Alonso, with Barcelona reportedly interested in signing the 31-year-old this summer. The Spanish giants are also interested in Blues captain Cesar Azpilicueta, who has one year left on his contract. Ben Chilwell, who joined from Leicester for £50 million in August 2020, missed the majority of last season due to a knee injury but has returned to full fitness in pre-season.
This summer, Thomas Tuchel’s side have added Raheem Sterling from Man City for £47.5 million and defender Kalidou Koulibaly from Napoli for £33 million, though it has been an uncharacteristic transfer window for Chelsea, they are on the verge of signing a talented left back.