Chelsea have completed the £62million signing of left-back Marc Cucurella – in time to make his debut at Everton tomorrow.
Cucurella had been strongly linked with Prem champions Manchester City.
But as Brighton stood firm on their asking price, Chelsea swooped in to hijack the deal.
The Blues rushed through the paperwork on his switch from Brighton before the midday deadline and are confident the Spaniard will be able to play in the Premier League season opener at Goodison Park.
In announcing the transfer, Chelsea made a dig at Brighton’s social media post earlier in the week.
As reports suggested that a deal had been agreed to sell Cucurella on Wednesday, Brighton tweeted: “CLUB STATEMENT: MARC CUCURELLA.
“Contrary to inaccurate reports from numerous media outlets this evening, no agreement has been reached with any club to sell Marc Cucurella.”
Referencing that tweet, Chelsea posted themselves: “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.”
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