OFFICIAL: Chelsea announced the signing of Marc Cucurella from Brighton
Chelsea has disclosed the signing of Brighton left back Marc Cucurella from Brighton in a deal worth £55m. Chelsea hijacked the deal when Manchester City could not reach Brighton asking price for the Spaniard. There was a controversy surrounding his switch to Chelsea two days ago when Brighton rebuffed an update made by Fabrizio Romano about his deal completion with Chelsea.
Marc joined Brighton last season from La Liga outfit Getafe, he had a terrific season with Brighton, earning the clubs best player last season.
In turn, Levi Colwill joined Brighton from Chelsea as a loan player, a situation suggested having triggered Brighton earlier denial of Marc’s deal to Chelsea. It was reported that Chelsea wanted a buyback clause in Levi’s deal, which seems not to be a welcoming development to Brighton.
Head coach Graham Potter said, “We did not want to lose Marc, but he wanted the opportunity of playing Champions League football with a view to accelerating his progress to Spain’s World Cup squad.
“Of course we are disappointed to see Marc leave, but we wish him well for the future. He had an excellent first season in the Premier League, deservedly winning both our Player of the Season awards, and has been an absolute pleasure to work with over the past 12 months.”
Chelsea’s chairman Todd Boehly said: ‘Marc is an elite defender of proven Premier League quality, and he further strengthens our squad going into the new season. We continue to work on and off the pitch, and we’re delighted Marc will be a part of the present and future at Chelsea.’
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