Chelsea have signed Spanish defender Marc Cucurella from Brighton & Hove Albion on a six-year deal, the two Premier League clubs announced on Friday. Financial details were not disclosed, but Brighton said the club would receive a record fee for the transfer. British media have reported that the two clubs have agreed a deal worth up to 63 million pounds ($76.46 million) for the 24-year-old.
“I’m really happy. It’s a great opportunity for me to join one of the best clubs in the world and I’m going to work hard to be happy here and help the team,” Cucurella told Chelsea’s website. Cucurella, who has a cap for Spain, joined Brighton in 2021 from Getafe in La Liga. He made 35 league appearances for Graham Potter’s side, who finished ninth in the league last season.
“We didn’t want to lose Marc, but he wanted the opportunity to play Champions League football with a view to accelerating his progression to Spain’s World Cup squad,” Potter told the website. Brighton. “Of course we are disappointed to see Marc go, but we wish him well for the future… (He) has been an absolute pleasure working with him over the last 12 months.”
Cucurella becomes Chelsea’s third signing after bringing in defender Kalidou Koulibaly from Napoli and England striker Raheem Sterling from Manchester City. Chelsea, who finished third in the league last season, start their new campaign with a trip to Everton on Saturday.
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