Brighton tell Chelsea-bound Cucurella to ‘stay away’ from first-team training

Brighton & Hove Albion have reportedly told Chelsea-bound defender Marc Cucurella to "stay away" from first-team training.

Chelsea appear on the verge of completing a deal to sign the Spanish full-back, having swooped in to agree personal terms after Manchester City walked away from negotiations with the Seagulls. City had been unable to agree a fee with Brighton, the same issue which is currently holding up Cucurella's move to Stamford Bridge.

However, with the deal nearing completion, manager Graham Potter has made the decision to request that Cucurella is not a part of first-team training ahead of their first league match this weekend.

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The Athletic report that Cucurella has been kept away from the rest of the first-team squad, despite a fee not being agreed for his sale. Chelsea are understood to have reached an agreement on personal terms with the 24-year-old.

It is understood that Potter does not want any distractions ahead of the new season, with Brighton getting their campaign underway against Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon.

Transfer guru Fabrizio Romano had reported on Wednesday that the transfer had been finalised, with the clubs agreeing on a fee in excess of £50million and Levi Colwill heading in the opposite direction.

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However, Brighton later denied the reports in an official club statement, which read: "Contrary to inaccurate reports from numerous media outlets this evening, no agreement has been reached with any club to sell Marc Cucurella.”

It had been suggested earlier on Wednesday that negotiations over the transfer had hit a snag, with Brighton and Chelsea disagreeing over a fee and the terms of Colwill's inclusion in any potential deal.

Chelsea are thought to want a buy-back clause included in the transfer of Colwill, who impressed on loan at Huddersfield Town in the Championship last season.

The teenage defender has been in high demand this summer, with Leicester City, Southampton and Nottingham Forest all linked with a move earlier in the transfer window.

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