Marc Cucurella is a Chelsea player with £62m signing now in contention for debut against Everton

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Chelsea have registered Marc Cucurella in time for a possible debut against Everton on Saturday after his £62million move from Brighton went through just minutes before the midday deadline.

The paperwork has been sent to the Premier League after the contracts were signed at the club’s Cobham training base, and an official announcement is now understood to be imminent.

Chelsea have agreed to pay Brighton a £55m fixed fee, with a further £7m in add-ons, as youngster Levi Colwill heads the other way on loan.

Tuchel is excited by the signing and, speaking to reporters on Friday, detailed his plans for the former Barcelona man.

“He is a fantastic, young player,” Tuchel said. "Hungry, mobile, very intelligent player.

“Can play several positions in our system ... [the deal] opens some options like for Levi Colwill to maybe find some more game time elsewhere.

"We have, of course, also in this position Marcos Alonso, Kenedy and Emerson. Hopefully when things go through, Marc is the option in this position and he can play very well in the back three. It’s a profile of Azpi, with the left foot. He gives us many options."

It’s been a busy week at Chelsea, with not only successful talks to sign Cucurella, further progress expected in a deal to sign Wesley Fofana but also a surprise announcement that captain Cesar Azpilicueta had signed a contract extension.

“He is a legend at the club," he added. "He can now lead as an example, keep on leading and keep on doing what he did for so many years. This is very good news for us.”

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