Brighton release statement insisting Marc Cucurella has NOT yet completed his £52.5m move to Chelsea

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‘No agreement has been reached with ANY club to sell Marc Cucurella’: Brighton insist Spanish defender has NOT yet completed his £52.5m Chelsea switch, despite it being widely reported… with Levi Colwill’s move the other way delaying it

  • Brighton have denied Marc Cucurella’s £52.5m transfer to Chelsea is complete
  • There were widespread reports that the Spanish defender’s move had gone through
  • The deal would have taken the Blues’ total summer spending to £145.5 million
  • Pundit Gary Neville has torn into new Chelsea owner Todd Boehly, accusing the US tycoon of being ‘naive’ and ‘looking like he wants to play Football Manager’

Brighton have insisted there is no agreement with any club to sell Marc Cucurella to any club, despite widespread reports he has joined Chelsea for £52.5 million.

Sportsmail reported on Tuesday night that the west London side were close to a deal worth around £50m for the versatile Spanish defender, and it was reported a deal had been reached on Wednesday night, something the Seagulls denied.

They said in a statement, posted from an iPhone, on Twitter: ‘Contrary to inaccurate reports from numerous media outlets this evening, no agreement has been reached with any club to sell Marc Cucurella.’

The transfer, once complete, will take Chelsea’s total spend this summer to £145.5m after moves for Man City’s Raheem Sterling, Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly and young goalkeeper Gabriel Slonina from Chicago Fire.

And pundit Gary Neville tore into new Chelsea owner Todd Boehly, accusing him of being ‘naive’ and ‘looking like he wants to play Football Manager’.

Brighton have released a statement insisting Spanish defender Marc Cucurella (pictured) has not yet completed his £52.5m move to Chelsea, despite widespread reports to the contrary

Brighton have released a statement insisting Spanish defender Marc Cucurella (pictured) has not yet completed his £52.5m move to Chelsea, despite widespread reports to the contrary

He has been convinced of Chelsea’s project under Thomas Tuchel and new owner Todd Boehly

The transfer would take Chelsea's total summer spend to £145.5m - and Gary Neville tore into new owner Boehly, calling him 'naive' and 'looking like he wants to play Football Manager'

The transfer would take Chelsea’s total summer spend to £145.5m – and Gary Neville tore into new owner Boehly, calling him ‘naive’ and ‘looking like he wants to play Football Manager’

The 24-year-old has already agreed to join the club but is awaiting the go-ahead once the finer details of the fee and payment are passed by Brighton’s owners.

Cucurella had handed in a transfer request last week after seeing Manchester City thwarted in their attempts to sign him for under £40m.

Pep Guardiola’s Premier League title holders are keen to strengthen at left back after the departure of Oleksandr Zinchenko to Arsenal and amid Benjamin Mendy’s ongoing absence, with only Joao Cancelo as a senior option in that position.

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But City have turned their attention to Anderlecht star Sergio Gomez as an alternative after Chelsea hijacked their move for Cucurella.

The 24-year-old joined Brighton from Getafe for £15m last summer but impressed in his debut season.

Cucurella's arrival will allow Malang Sarr to move to Monaco on loan with a £10m option to buy

Cucurella’s arrival will allow Malang Sarr to move to Monaco on loan with a £10m option to buy

For their part, Brighton are discussing a separate deal for Chelsea centre-back Levi Colwill, 19

For their part, Brighton are discussing a separate deal for Chelsea centre-back Levi Colwill, 19

It had been considered that the former Barcelona academy graduate only wanted to join up with Pep Guardiola but he has been convinced of Chelsea’s project under Thomas Tuchel and new owner Todd Boehly.

For their part, Brighton are discussing a separate deal for Chelsea center-back Levi Colwill, 19, who impressed on loan at Huddersfield last season and have expressed an interest in RB Leipzig’s former Manchester City full-back Angelino.

Chelsea have had a chaotic couple of weeks striving to strengthen Tuchel’s defensive options but the addition of Cucurella, Brighton’s Player of the Year last season, will be a major coup if the deal is confirmed.

Cucurella’s future arrival would pave the way for Malang Sarr to move to Monaco on loan with an option to buy for around £10m, and, potentially, for Ben Chilwell’s backup Marcos Alonso to move to Barcelona.

Chelsea want to add at least one more centre-back while they have also inquired about Southampton right-back Kyle Walker-Peters as well as Denzel Dumfries at Inter Milan.

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