Marc Cucurella’s move from Brighton to Chelsea has been confirmed in a deal that could cost up to £62million. Chelsea are guaranteed to pay £55million for the left-back and up to a further £7million in extras.
19-year-old Chelsea defender Levi Colwill has been loaned to Brighton for a season and Marcos Alonso is confident that Cucurella’s arrival will pave the way for a move to Barcelona. Alonso is waiting for the green light from Thomas Tuchel.
Cucurella has signed a contract until 2028 and Chelsea signed him in time for a potential debut at Everton on Saturday. The 24-year-old had also been a target for Manchester City, who were unwilling to meet the asking price.
Brighton head coach Graham Potter said: “We didn’t want to lose Marc, but he wanted the opportunity to play Champions League football with a view to accelerating his progress to the Spanish World Cup squad. Of course we are disappointed to see Marc leave, but we wish him the best for the future. He had an excellent first season in the Premier League, deserved to win our Player of the Season awards and it was an absolute pleasure to work with.”
Cucurella came over from Getafe at Brighton last summer and played once for Spain. Tuchel said one benefit of the signing was to ease the pressure on Ben Chilwell, who suffered a groin injury last November.
“He is young, hungry, mobile and a very intelligent player,” said the manager of Cucurella. “It helps in depth and quality, and it helps Ben to escape the pressure of, ‘I have to deliver and we absolutely need you right now.'”
Brighton have loaned Shane Duffy to Fulham after signing Colwill, who played at Huddersfield last season.