Highly-rated Brighton defender Marc Cucurrella has passed Chelsea medicals and is edging closer to a move to Stamford Bridge.
After losing their bid for French and former La Liga center-back, Jules Kounde, Todd Boehly has vigorously pursued a deal to land Marc Cucurella. Earlier, Manchester City reportedly indicated an interest in signing the player as Pep attempts to balance his attacking line-up with a solid defense against next season but failed to meet Brighton’s asking price. The. Seagulls set Marc Cucurella at £50m. The Citizens could only offer as much as £40m, which was turned down by the club.
With Anthony Rudiger and Christensen out of the Chelsea squad, the Blues need another defender to partner with the new arrival Kalidou Koulibaly from Napoli.
Marc Cucurella: A tale of claims and counterclaims
Marc Cucurella’s Chelsea rumours sparked reactions on Thursday, August 5. Popular football journalist, Fabrizio Romano confirmed that Chelsea and Brighton have reached an agreement on the player. The Seagulls immediately took to their social media handle to debunk the rumour, saying that the club has not reached an agreement with any club on the player.
The story sent shock waves of reactions, as Fabrizio Romano has been tipped as the most reliable source on both indoor and outdoor activities of clubs in the transfer market. Nevertheless, Brighton came out to publicly debunk claims of agreement with Chelsea.
According to the Sun, Romano was right on the state of the deal between Chelsea and Marc Cucurella. The former Barcelona youngster was already in London on Thursday evening for Chelsea medical. Updates this morning have revealed that Cucurella have successfully passed Chelsea medical and will complete a switch to the Stamford Bridge club in a matter of hours.
Brighton’s Objection Tactics Revealed
While the Seagulls had come out to debunk the claim of the deal remains unknown. Nevertheless, their objection and indifferent tactics have been revealed. They had reportedly banned Cucurella from training after reports of his links to Manchester City and Chelsea. Also, Curcurella must have contributed to Brighton’s reaction toward him. After links and strong interest from 2021-2022 Premier League Champion Manchester City, Cucurella hands in a transfer request to the club, demanding his release. Brighton issued an official statement, declaring that none of their players bound by contract, can leave unless the club assents to offers for the player. The statement was targeted at the player. But all that seems to be over as Cucurella is certainly heading to Chelsea.
Who Is Marc Cucurella?
Marc Cucurella is a 24-year-old Spaniard, who joined the Seagulls last summer from Getafe in a deal which was valued at £15m. Cucurella immediately made his mark in the team winning Brighton’s player of the season. Despite denial by Brighton, Cucurella is on the edge of completing a switch to the Old Trafford club in a deal worth £52.5m