Marc Cucurella: Chelsea Set to Rival Manchester City for Brighton’s Star

Marc Cucurella: Chelsea Set to Rival Manchester City for Brighton’s Star

  • Manchester City are understood to have walked away from pursuing Marc Cucurella from Brighton and Hove Albion due to the club's demands
  • Chelsea are now looking into the possibility of signing the Spaniard as cover for Marcos Alonso, who could be heading to Barcelona
  • Cucurella has already signalled his interest in leaving Brighton after handing in a transfer request over the weekend

Chelsea have officially entered to race to sign Marc Cucurella from Brighton and Hove Albion. The fullback has attracted interest from a host of top Premier League clubs, with Manchester City keen on getting him.

Pep Guardiola's side need cover for Oleksandr Zinchenko, who has since joined Arsenal. Their other left-back is Benjamin Mendy, who is out on suspension due to non--football related issues. Joao Cancelo has been deputizing, albeit wonderfully, his natural position is a right-back.

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Marc Cucurella and Chelsea's Marcos Alonso vie for the ball in a past Premier League match. Photo by Justin Setterfield.
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Daily Mail now reports that Manchester City have been pushed back by Brighton's asking fee of 50 million euros. Chelsea is now set to explore the possibility of bringing in the Spaniard, especially with Marcos Alonso angling to move to Barcelona.

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The Evening Standard reports that Chelsea are willing to offer Levi Colwill plus cash to secure Cucurella. Colwill is an academy graduate who impressed in the Championship last season and is said to be keen on getting more minutes elsewhere.

Cucurella recently handed in a transfer request and was subsequently committed from Brighton's pre-season friendly. The 24-year-old joined from Getafe, where he had a successful loan spell from Barcelona.

His first full season in England was a success as he was voted Brighton's best player of the season.

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At least three players could Chelsea in this transfer window

Sports Brief had earlier reported that at least three big names could still leave Chelsea before the close of the summer transfer window.

Blues boss Thomas Tuchel is currently in the middle of an interesting rebuild at the club, and the team is set to have a fairly different look next season.

Ahead of the close of the window on September 1, Chelsea could still see some other departures, including Hakim Ziyech, Timo Werner, Marcos Alonso and Ceasar Azpilicueta.