Marc Cucurella: Chelsea closing in on £52.5m transfer for Brighton defender

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Chelsea are closing in on the £52.5million signing of Marc Cucurella from Brighton.

The Blues look set to agree a fixed fee with no add-ons and a contract until 2028 for the left-sided defender and Spanish international.

It follows Manchester City walking away from protracted talks over Cucurella after seeing their £40m offer turned down to work on other potential targets.

Thomas Tuchel has long been an admirer of the wing-back, who has been scouted and of interest to Chelsea since before the German was appointed as manager.

Brighton have since denied suggestions that an agreement has already been reached over Cucurella.

“Contrary to inaccurate reports from numerous media outlets this evening, no agreement has been reached with any club to sell Marc Cucarella,” the club said in a short social media statement published on Wednesday night.

Meanwhile, Blues defender Levi Colwill is on the verge of joining Brighton in a separate deal.

The fee for Colwill is thought to be around £25m with a buy-back clause set at approximately £50m, with the final details still being thrashed out. Chelsea were reluctant to let him go permanently so negotiated the clause.

Brighton are now set to beat Crystal Palace, Southampton and Leicester in the race for the 19-year-old academy graduate, who spent last season on loan in the Championship at Huddersfield.

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