It looks like the two clubs would like to announce both deals at the same time and the heist, while still expected to materialise, are the details of Colwill talks with the 19-year-old centre-back due to move to Brighton. There will be a buyout clause in the deal for the Chelsea academy graduate.
The fee for Cucurella does not include any add-ons, with Chelsea willing to match Brighton’s valuation after Manchester City, who had taken first steps to sign the Spain international, dropped out after refusing to offer more than 40million of pounds sterling.
Cucurella made a huge impact after joining Brighton from Getafe last year for around £15m. The fee demanded from Chelsea is a significant profit, although Brighton are unwilling to sell.
It will be interesting to see where Chelsea head coach Thomas Tuchel plays Cucurella, who usually operates as left-back or left-back, and would therefore compete with Ben Chilwell, but could end up being used on the left side. a back-three. He queued there before for Brighton.
Tuchel has made it clear that ideally he wants Chelsea to sign three centre-backs this transfer window but, so far, only Kalidou Koulibaly – who was revealed on Wednesday – has been signed from Napoli for £34m sterling.
They have missed a number of defensive targets – Matthijs de Ligt, Nathan Ake and Jules Kounde – and are aiming for Wesley Fofana. Leicester City are adamant they won’t sell unless they receive a huge offer of £80m or more, but it’s understood Fofana is interested in the move.
Chelsea are also in talks to deflect Manchester United’s protracted attempts to sign Frenkie de Jong from Barcelona and have also made inquiries for Southampton full-back Kyle Walker-Peters while showing interest in Denzil Dumfries from the InterMilan.