Brighton have issued a statement denying reports claiming they have agreed to sell Marc Cucurella to Chelsea in a £52.5million transfer. The Blues were understood to have struck a deal with their Premier League counterparts after Cucurella accepted personal terms on a six-year contract, but it appears the deal is not as close as first thought to being completed.
The club said in a statement: “Contrary to inaccurate reports from numerous media outlets this evening, no agreement has been reached with any club to sell Marc Cucurella.”
It was understood that Cucurella was set to undergo a medical ahead of a big-money move to Stamford Bridge after the two clubs were locked in advanced talks over a move.
The 24-year-old had accepted terms on a lucrative six-year contract with Chelsea, despite initially favouring a move to Manchester City. But with Pep Guardiola’s side unwilling to go above their initial £40m offer, it gave Chelsea the green light to pursue a deal.
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Chelsea were thought to have offered a fee above £50m to get the transfer over the line amid fears Man City would re-enter the race and attempt to hijack their deal.
However, Brighton’s response to reports suggests there is still some work to be done before Cucurella can be considered the fourth of Chelsea’s summer signings, following the arrivals of Raheem Sterling, Kalidou Koulibaly and Gabriel Slonina.
Young Blues centre-back Levi Colwill was also expected to join Brighton in a separate £25m deal, which would include a buy-back clause of £50m. And it remains to be seen whether the 19-year-old would still make the switch to the Amex Stadium if Cucurella’s deal is delayed.
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