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Marc Cucurella to cost Chelsea up to £63m as Brighton finally accept offer

Marc Cucurella to cost Chelsea up to £63m as Brighton finally accept offer

Marc Cucurella to cost Chelsea up to £63m as Brighton finally accept offer


Marc Cucurella will cost Chelsea up to £63m as Brighton finally accept the offer

Chelsea have finally agreed a fee for defender Marc Cucurella with Brighton, despite the Blues having to commit to a transfer package that could reach £63million.

The west London club thought they struck a deal for a fee of around £52million earlier in the week but Brighton released a statement denying the reports – and have now made a very tough deal.

According to The Athletic, Chelsea are paying a guaranteed £56m upfront payment, on top of a further £7m in various add-ons and clauses.

The two clubs had also been in talks over a deal for highly-rated young defender Levi Colwill, with Brighton keen on securing a permanent transfer for around £20million.

But the 19-year-old will instead join the south coast club on loan – without a fee – as Chelsea’s insistence on a buyback clause leads to an impasse in talks over a permanent deal.

According to transfer expert Fabrizio Romano, Cucurella’s move to Chelsea has now progressed so far that he is already in London and has successfully completed a medical check-up.

The Spaniard just has to put his new long-term deal on paper and there is optimism the deal can be finalized and announced on Friday.

Marc Cucurella will cost Chelsea up to £63m as Brighton finally accept the offer

Chelsea must register Cucurella before midday so he can be part of Thomas Tuchel’s squad in the opening weekend of the new Premier League season, with the Blues taking on Everton on Saturday afternoon.

The 24-year-old, who cost just £15million to join Brighton less than a year ago, may be covering two problem positions for Chelsea in their defence.

As well as covering and competing for Ben Chilwell at left-back, Cucurella also played as a left-back in a back-three in the back end of Brighton’s Premier League season.

He has not trained with Brighton in recent days amid speculation about his future so it could be some time before he earns a spot in Chelsea’s starting XI.

Cucurella won the Brighton Player of the Season and Players’ Player of the Season awards last season and was also being chased by Manchester City but the Premier League champions turned down his asking prize.

Colwill, meanwhile, will gain valuable first-division experience with the Seagulls before fighting for a place on the roster again next season.

Chelsea are still hoping for a host of other additions before the transfer window closes and Tuchel are looking to further strengthen their defense with Leicester City’s Wesley Fofana the next man they are looking to bring in.

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