Marc Cucurella: Chelsea FC confirm £Xm deal to sign Manchester City target from Brighton

The wing-back had been a target for Manchester City, although the Premier League champions refused to meet Brighton’s asking price, opening the door for Thomas Tuchel’s side.

This summer has been a frustrating one for Tuchel and Chelsea co-owner Todd Boehly, with a number of pursuits for further defensive recruits failing.

Cucurella, however, follows Kalidou Kouliably through the door at Stamford Bridge as Tuchel bids to bolster a backline weakened by the departures of Andreas Christensen and Antonio Rudiger.

On signing for Chelsea, Cucurella said: “I’m really happy. It’s a big opportunity for me to join one of the best clubs in the world and I’m going to work hard to be happy here and help the team.”

Able to operate centrally as well as provide competition for Ben Chilwell, Cucurella had been of interest to Chelsea even during his loan spell at Getafe from Barcelona.

In 2020, the Spanish international left the Camp Nou on a permanent basis to re-join his loan charges before moving to Brighton a year later.

After a successful first season in the Premier League, Chelsea have now shelled out a fee of around £55m up front plus a further £7m in added bonuses to bring him to south west London.

Cucurella’s arrival marks the third signing this week following the £15m (rising to £20m) addition of England U19 international Carney Chukwuemeka and the £12m arrival of Gabriel Slonina.

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