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Chelsea set asking price to sign Brighton defender Marc Cucurella
Thomas Tuchel desires to usher in a brand new left-back this summer time (Photos: Getty Photos)

Chelsea are eager to signal Brighton defender Marc Cucurella this summer time however have been informed they must stump up an enormous charge for the 23-year-old, in keeping with experiences.

As quickly because the west London membership’s sanctions are lifted, Thomas Tuchel is eager to maneuver aggressively and shortly within the switch market and needs to considerably bolster his back-line.

Each Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen will depart the membership on free transfers when their contracts expire, becoming a member of Real Madrid and Barcelona respectively, however they might not be the one defenders to depart Stamford Bridge.

Sevilla defender Jules Kounde wanted by Chelsea
Chelsea are prioritising a transfer for centre-back Jules Kounde (Image: Getty)

Cesar Azpilicueta additionally has curiosity from Barca and could be eager to return to Spain after a decade at Chelsea, whereas Marcos Alonso may additionally depart the membership this summer time with the Catalan giants additionally fascinated by signing him.

Whereas Tuchel will prioritise bringing in two new centre-backs – Sevilla’s Jules Kounde and RB Leipzig’s Josko Gvardiol are the membership’s prime targets – the left-back place can be an space that wants addressing.

If Alonso leaves, that may depart solely Ben Chilwell to cowl the function however the England worldwide can be coming back from a severe knee ligament damage and Chelsea need to deal with him with warning and care.

Cucurella has emerged because the participant Chelsea would most prefer to get their fingers on to exchange Alonso, although The Sun report that they’ve been quoted a mammoth £45million price ticket by Brighton.

The Spaniard, a former Barca academy participant, solely moved to Brighton final summer time from Getafe in a £15m deal however has impressed enormously in his first season within the Premier League.

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In addition to with the ability to present cowl and competitors for Chilwell within the left wing-back function, Cucurella also can play on the left aspect of a again three – doing so a number of instances for the Seagulls this season, notably within the second half of the marketing campaign.

Sadly for Chelsea they aren’t the one membership fascinated by signing Cucurella, with Manchester Metropolis and Tottenham additionally massive followers of the Spaniard.

Chelsea set asking price to sign Brighton defender Marc Cucurella
Man Metropolis could have an edge over Chelsea within the race for Cucurella (Image: Getty)

With Chelsea nonetheless restricted from making a transfer, Metropolis are thought to have stollen a march on their rivals and the left-back has even steered it might be very, very tough to show down a transfer to the Etihad.

Chatting with Spanish present Jijantes FC, Cucurella stated: ‘The objective [at Brighton] was to develop so the large golf equipment can take discover. But when the chance arises, you need to make the most of it. There are groups that you may’t say no to.

‘No, sincerely no [Pep Guardiola has not called]. In fact, there are rumours. If persons are speaking like this about you, it’s an excellent factor. We’re calm; a very powerful factor proper now’s to relaxation.’

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