Defender has agreed personal terms and contract with Chelsea – Fabrizio Romano

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Fabrizio Romano has taken to Twitter to reveal that Chelsea have agreed on personal terms with Marc Cucurella.

Romano has revealed that Spanish defender has already given the green light to the contractual terms and length of the agreement while it is now between Chelsea and Brighton to concude the deal.

Cucarella had also been the subject of intense interest from Manchester City, however the Premier League champions saw their talks come to an end after failing to meet Brighton’s £50million valuation of the left-back (BBC).

The Guardian journalist Jacob Steinberg reported on Twitter yesterday that the Blues have already communicated their intention to meet Albion’s asking fee for the 24-year-old, who has already handed in a transfer request at the south coast club.

The Sports View

I’ve said before that Cucurella’s potential signing could be an important one for Thomas Tuchel in the grand scheme of things.

The German tactician has already had to part ways with Andreas Christensen and Antonio Rudiger this summer and now is also potentially set to lose club captain Cesar Azpilicueta to Barcelona before the window closes. Marcos Alonso has also been tipped to follow Christen and Rudiger’s suit and is said to be looking to leave the club. Therefore, Chelsea’s interest in Cucurella makes sense.

The La Masia graduate is a versatile defender who can play on the left defensive flank and centrally as well. If needed, he can also play further up on the pitch in the middle of the park. However, his defensive contributions make him a standout. He is exceptional when it comes to ball recoveries and can progress with the ball, providing attacking impetus. And, Chelsea’s struggles last season were quite evident when Ben Chilwell and Reece James were sidelined due to their respective injuries. Therefore, this signing can eliminate that potential issue. With Cucurella almost agreeing on personal terms with the Blues one thing is clear: he is open to competition and is likely to compete with Chilwell for a place in the lineup.

It has been a difficult summer for Chelsea but the potential arrivival of Brighton’s player of the year will certainly be seen as a welcome boost by a struggling backline.