Chelsea are close to sealing a deal to sign Marc Cucurella after hijacking Man City's move by AGREEING to meet Brighton's £50m asking price for the versatile Spanish defender... with personal terms a formality

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Chelsea are close to sealing a deal to sign Marc Cucurella after hijacking Man City's move by AGREEING to meet Brighton's £50m asking price for the versatile Spanish defender... with personal terms a formality

  • Chelsea close to beating Manchester City to signing of defender Marc Cucurella 
  • The Blues have agreed to meet Brighton's £50million valuation in past 24 hours 
  • City were in pole position to sign the left-back but were hesitant over price tag
  • Chelsea defender Levi Colwill has been mooted with a move to Brighton in deal 

Chelsea are close to hijacking Manchester City’s move for Marc Cucurella after agreeing to meet Brighton’s £50million asking price for the left back.

The Blues are also locked in talks to sell forward Timo Werner to former club Red Bull Leipzig as they push for a swap deal involving centre back Josko Gvardiol.

Chelsea made their move for Cucurella after City refused to offer more than £40m for the Spaniard.

Chelsea are close to signing Marc Cucurella after agreeing to meet Brighton's £50m valuation

Chelsea are close to signing Marc Cucurella after agreeing to meet Brighton's £50m valuation

Chelsea are close to signing Marc Cucurella after agreeing to meet Brighton's £50m valuation

Talks have accelerated over the past 24 hours with Chelsea also proposing young centre back Levi Colwill as part of the deal.

It is now expected that Cucurella will complete a switch to Stamford Bridge, where Thomas Tuchel could use him as a left wing-back or on the left of a back three.

The 24-year-old handed in a transfer request last week in a bid to force through a move to City and there was a feeling the Barcelona academy graduate had his heart set on working with Pep Guardiola.

Manchester City were in pole position to sign the left back this summer ahead of the Blues

Manchester City were in pole position to sign the left back this summer ahead of the Blues

However, Chelsea were given encouragement that Cucurella was interested over the weekend and it is thought personal terms will not be an issue. His anticipated arrival will likely see Marcos Alonso get his wish of a move to Barcelona.

Cucurella (right) only joined Brighton from Getafe for £15m last summer but impressed during his debut season, prompting the interest from champions City.

There was annoyance on Brighton’s part at the nature of City’s approach. They had refused to negotiate further unless their £50m-plus asking price was met. Talks with Chelsea have since progressed far more smoothly.

Chelsea are working hard to bolster their defence and have subsequently delayed a proposed move for Malang Sarr to Fulham until they sign more players.

Thomas Tuchel could use the Spaniard as a left wing-back or on the left of a back three

Thomas Tuchel could use the Spaniard as a left wing-back or on the left of a back three

They have held talks with Inter Milan over Denzel Dumfries and with Leicester over £85m-rated Wesley Fofana, including offering players in return, but Brendan Rodgers insists the centre back is not for sale.

Meanwhile, Chelsea held another meeting with Leipzig on Sunday and talks were continuing last night. They are prepared to offer Werner back to his former club on loan in a bid to prise away combative defender Gvardiol.

Leipzig have not been receptive to allowing 20-year-old Croatia international Gvardiol to leave so far but Chelsea are pushing.

Leipzig are open to re-signing Werner on loan or a permanent deal while Juventus remain interested in a loan.

Cucurella's anticipated arrival will likely see left-back Marcos Alonso leave for Barcelona

Cucurella's anticipated arrival will likely see left-back Marcos Alonso leave for Barcelona

Goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga is discussing his loan move to Napoli so Chelsea will likely add another keeper on a short term deal. Gabriel Slonina, 18, who has been signed for £12m from Chicago Fire, will be loaned back as he is seen as one for the future.

The 24-year-old handed in a transfer request last week in a bid to force through a move to City and there was a feeling the Barcelona academy graduate had his heart set on working with Pep Guardiola.

However, Chelsea were given encouragement that Cucurella was interested in their club over the weekend and it is thought personal terms will not now be an issue. 

His anticipated arrival will likely see Marcos Alonso leave for Barcelona. 

Chelsea defender Levi Colwill has been mooted as part of the Cucurella deal with the Seagulls

Chelsea defender Levi Colwill has been mooted as part of the Cucurella deal with the Seagulls

Chelsea defender Levi Colwill has also been mooted as part of the Cucurella deal with Brighton keen on the 19-year-old.

Cucurella only joined the Seagulls from Getafe for £15m last summer but impressed during his debut season, prompting the interest from City.

However, we understand there was some annoyance on Brighton's part at the nature of City's approach and talks with Chelsea have progressed far more smoothly.

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