Done Deal: Chelsea finalised £60m transfer of 24-year-old defender

By | August 6, 2022

Chelsea have finalised the transfer of Spain defender Marc Cucurella from Brighton for a £60m fee.

The 24-year-old defender who has managed to found back of the net once in 38 games in his only campaign for the Seagulls, has signed a six-year deal.

“I’m really happy. It’s a big opportunity for me to join one of the best clubs in the world,” said Cucurella.

“I’m going to work hard to be happy here and help the team.”

It is Brighton’s record sale, surpassing Ben White’s £50m move to Arsenal last summer.

A Barcelona academy graduate, the Spanish full-back has won one senior cap for his national team and played for the under-23 side that claimed the silver at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Last month Brighton turned down a £30m bid from champions Man City for Cucurella, who handed in a transfer request after the Citizens made an approach.

“We did not want to lose Marc, but he wanted the opportunity of playing Champions League football with a view to accelerating his progress to Spain’s World Cup squad,” said Brighton manager Graham Potter.

“He had an excellent first season in the Premier League, deservedly winning both our player of the season awards, and has been an absolute pleasure to work with over the past 12 months.”

“Marc is an elite defender of proven Premier League quality,” said Chelsea chairman Todd Boehly.

“We continue to work on and off the pitch, and we’re delighted Marc will be a part of the present and future at Chelsea.”

This summer Chelsea have signed Raheem Sterling for £50m, Kalidou Koulibaly for £34m, Carney Chukwuemeka from Aston Villa for £20m and American goalkeeper Gabriel Slonina for a reported £12m fee.