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Gary Neville has given his verdict on Chelsea’s newest switch (Footage: Getty/Sky Sports activities) Gary...
Gary Neville has given his verdict on Chelsea's latest transfer
Gary Neville has given his verdict on Chelsea’s newest switch (Footage: Getty/Sky Sports activities)

Gary Neville has questioned Chelsea’s choice to signal Brighton defender Marc Cucurella, insisting he was ‘surprised’ by the ‘staggering’ switch announcement.

Chelsea confirmed on Friday that they had signed Spain defender Cucurella in a deal worth more than £60m.

Cucurella has signed a six-year contract at Stamford Bridge and turns into Thomas Tuchel’s fourth main summer time signing following England ahead Raheem Sterling, Senegal defender Kalidou Koulibaly and teenage prospect Carney Chukwuemeka.

The 24-year-old, who performed 38 video games in his solely season at Brighton, looked set to join Manchester City earlier in the summer however Chelsea hijacked the transfer to bolster Tuchel’s defensive choices.

Whereas Neville has been impressed by Cucurella’s improvement on the south coast, he admits he was left ‘surprised’ by Chelsea’s deal.

‘That one simply surprised us at the moment,’ the previous Manchester United and England defender mentioned on Sky Sports.

‘It’s a staggering amount of cash they usually’ve acquired Ben Chilwell in that place already. That’s an enormous switch that’s gone via. That’s the one [summer deal] that stands out for me.

‘Seeing him in a Chelsea shirt… is he going to enhance and show to be price that sum of cash?’

Cucurella rapidly established himself as considered one of Brighton’s most constant gamers following his transfer from Getafe this time final 12 months.

However he was open to leaving Brighton this summer time so as to play within the Champions League and compete for main trophies.

Following his transfer to Chelsea, Cucurella mentioned: ‘I’m actually pleased. It’s an enormous alternative for me to affix among the best golf equipment on the earth. I’m going to work onerous to be pleased right here and assist the workforce.’

New Chelsea proprietor Todd Boehly, in the meantime, insists he is ‘delighted’ to welcome Cucurella to Stamford Bridge.

‘Marc is an elite defender of confirmed Premier League high quality,’ the American businessman mentioned.

‘We proceed to work on and off the pitch, and we’re delighted Marc shall be part of the current and future at Chelsea.’

Chelsea completed third within the Premier League final season and kick-start the 2022-23 marketing campaign on Saturday with a visit to Goodison Park to face Frank Lampard’s Everton.

MORE : Alan Shearer says Chelsea are ‘three or four’ signings away from Premier League title challenge

MORE : ‘Panic buying’ – Martin Keown labels Chelsea deal for Marc Cucurella ‘nonsensical’

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