Club issue statement to deny deal has been reached for Chelsea-linked player

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Brighton and Hove Albion have this evening taken to Twitter to issue a brief statement surrounding speculation involving Marc Cucurella’s future surrounding interest from Chelsea.

Reports earlier this evening had claimed that the Seagulls had reached a £52.5m deal with Chelsea for the Spanish international, with Levi Colwill also set to head in the other direction (The Guardian).

Fabrizio Romano also gave the transfer his famous ‘here we go’ confirmation earlier this evening, suggesting a full agreement was in place between the two clubs.

Brighton have now taken the unfamiliar route of commenting on transfer rumours, by insisting that no deal has been agreed with any club for the sale of the 24-year-old and there had been numerous inaccurate reports from the media.

Cucurella was said to have handed in a transfer request at the Amex Stadium on Friday in an effort to push through a move to Manchester City, however, Chelsea have since overtaken their Premier League rivals in the race for the former Getafe man (Sky Sports).

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Brighton are certainly attempting to show the world that they are not going to be held to ransom over the exit of Cucurella, having earlier ended talks with Manchester City when they failed to reach their valuation of the left wing-back.

In today’s age of social media and non-stop transfer speculation, it is rare to see a club commenting in such a public domain over the future of one of their players in an attempt to try and set the record straight.