Chelsea set to sign Marc Cucurella as Thomas Tuchel wants quick deal

Chelsea and Brighton are closing in on agreeing a £50m fee for Marc Cucurella – a deal could be done quickly as the west London club are poised to hijacking Manchester City move for the defender.

The Daily Mail revealed on Monday morning that the Blues were attempting to steal in after City refused to offer more than £40m for the Spaniard.

Talks have accelerated over the past 24 hours and 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.

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 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.

Thomas Tuchel ‘loves’ Chelsea target

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel loves RB Leipzig defender Josko Gvardiol, according to transfer expert Fabrizio Romano.

“Gvardiol is one of the top names on [Chelsea’s] list — Thomas Tuchel is in love with this player,” the Italian transfer expert said on his YouTube channel.

“Let me say that he’s option number one in the list, but as of today, the situation on Leipzig’s side is still the same — they have no intention at all to sell Gvardiol this summer.

“So, it is going to be more than complicated.

“For Fofana, it’s difficult, but you can negotiate. For Gvardiol, it’s not even the case. He’s considered untouchable by Leipzig, so Chelsea would need a miracle to sign Gvardiol.”