Chelsea made a humorous joke at Brighton in their announcement of the Marc Cucurella deal.
Marc Cucurella will reportedly join the list of 15 Spanish players who have played for Chelsea in the Premier League. There have been more Spanish players in the competition just for Liverpool (21) and Manchester City (16).
Todd Boehly asserts the following: "Marc is an elite defender of proven Premier League quality, and he further strengthens our squad going into the new season. We continue to work on and off the pitch, and we’re delighted Marc will be a part of the present and future at Chelsea."
Brighton stated on Twitter: “CLUB STATEMENT: MARC CUCURELLA. Following reports from numerous media outlets this week, we can confirm an agreement has been reached with Brighton and Hove Albion for the signing of Marc Cucurella.”
The Blues paid £62 million for the Spanish full back, making him the ninth most expensive defender in football history. As part of the transaction, Chelsea youngster Levi Colwill has joined Brighton on loan.
Tuchel was full of praise for the Spaniard before the news.
“It's not done yet. he explained. I don't want to say I know nothing about it but the paperwork is in process and we hope to get it done before noon. Marc is a terrific player. He can play several positions.”
Cucurella submitted a transfer request when Manchester City expressed interest.
However, the Etihad club were scared off by Brighton’s high asking price, but Chelsea came in because they were willing to pay the Seagulls’ asking price.
The 24-year-old former Barcelona player is brought in as a cover for Ben Chilwell and can play as a left defender, left centre back, or left wing back. Cucurella’s versatility may allow him to compete for a starting spot at left center back.
Cucurella stated on Chelsea’s official website upon his arrival:
“I’m really happy. It’s a big opportunity for me to join one of the best clubs in the world and I’m going to work hard to be happy here and help the team.”
The 22/23 Premier League campaign for the Blues will begin on Saturday when they travel to Goodison Park to take on an Everton team led by former Chelsea player Frank Lampard.
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"We played very late last season and lost. We remember very well. Very emotional crowd and team. We know some very familiar faces on the other bench.Still, we have nothing but respect for Frank and his staff. It was and will be very respectful between the two benches, but it will be competitive. We do not like to lose. We know what's coming, and we will be ready."