Marc Cucurella signed for Chelsea from Brighton on a permanent deal worth £55m plus £7m in add-ons, with Levi Colwill heading in the opposite direction on a loan until June 2023.
After a drawn-out transfer controversy, the defender is officially moving to Stamford Bridge as Thomas Tuchel’s shopping spree continues this summer.
Ben Chilwell will face competition from Cucurella, who has signed a six-year contract to remain at Arsenal till 2028.
Thomas Tuchel has noted the adaptability of the Spaniard as a strength.
He moved to Brighton in the summer of 2021 from the Spanish club Getafe for a rumored amount of £15.4 million.
He had a terrific season with the Seagulls, winning Player of the Season as well as the fans’ choice award.
The Seagulls, who were unhappy to see the player leave, cited the defender’s desire to play in the Champions League and his desire to advance more quickly into Spain’s World Cup squad as justification for the transfer.
The summer transfer window saw a lot of interest in the Spanish defender, with Manchester City and Barcelona among those interested in signing him.
Manchester City wanted Cucurella earlier in the summer, but the club disagreed with the player’s £50 million price tag.
They made a £30 million initial offer, which the Seagulls rejected, and a £40 million upgraded offer, which the Seagulls also rejected.
The defender was open to a move to the La Liga team because he is from Catalonia and Barcelona was one of his suitors.
However, because Brighton insisted on their price, the trade could not be completed. The Blues agreed to pay the sum after Chelsea was given a window to start negotiations.
A versatile defender, Levi Colwill, has now been acquired on a season-long loan. Brighton had been pressing to acquire Colwill during the negotiations.
Cucurella acknowledged the opportunity presented by the transfer.
After joining Chelsea, Cucurella stated, “I’m really happy. It’s a big 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.”
The possibility of Cucurella having an impact on the team both now and in the future has been emphasized by Chelsea’s owners, who were eager to complete the deal for the former Getafe star.
Todd Boehly, the interim sporting director and chairman of the Blues, said:
“Marc is an elite defender of proven Premier League quality and he further strengthens our squad going into the new season.
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.”
Cucurella should easily transition to Chelsea’s left-back position, whilst Ben Chilwell, who will try to reclaim his mojo following an injury-marred 2021–22 season, will present him with fierce competition.