Marc Cucurella’s move from Brighton to Chelsea has been confirmed in a deal that could reach £62m. Chelsea are paying a guaranteed £55m for the left-back and up to a further £7m in add-ons.
19-year-old Chelsea defender Levi Colwill has joined Brighton on a season-long loan and Marcos Alonso is confident Cucurella’s arrival will pave the way for him to move to Barcelona. Alonso awaits the green light from Thomas Tuchel.
Cucurella signed a contract until 2028 and Chelsea registered him in time for a possible debut on Saturday at Everton. The 24-year-old had also been a target for Manchester City, who were unwilling to pay the asking price.
Brighton head coach Graham Potter said: “We didn’t want to lose Marc, but he wanted the opportunity to play in the Champions League with a view to accelerating his progress towards Spain’s World Cup squad. Of course we are disappointed that Marc is leaving, but we wish him the best for the future. He had an excellent first season in the Premier League, deservedly winning both of our player of the season awards, and it has been an absolute pleasure working with him.”
Cucurella joined Brighton from Getafe last summer and has made one appearance for Spain. Tuchel said one of the benefits of the signing was to relieve pressure on Ben Chilwell, who suffered a cruciate injury last November.
“He is young, hungry, mobile and a very smart player,” Cucurella’s coach said. “He helps in depth and quality, and helps with Ben, to escape the pressure of, ‘I have to deliver and we absolutely need you right now.'”
Brighton have allowed Shane Duffy to join Fulham on loan after signing Colwill, who spent last season at Huddersfield.