Good morning Chelsea fans
Chelsea have confirmed the signing of Brighton defender Marc Cucurella on a six-year deal.
The fee for the Spaniard is said to be £55m which could rise to £62m with add-ons.
Commenting on his big money exchange, Cucurella said: “I’m really happy. It’s a great opportunity for me to join one of the best clubs in the world and I will work hard to be happy here and to help the team.”
Meanwhile, Blues boss Thomas Tuchel revealed he had tried for years to sign Cucurella’s defensive partner Kalidou Koulibaly before finally breaking Napoli’s resolve.
He said: “via Football Italia: “We followed him for many years.
“Personally, I and my staff have followed him for many years and tried many times and never succeeded because it’s very difficult to get players from Napoli who are known for keeping their squad together.”
Elsewhere, Chelsea are set to miss out on Leicester City star Wesley Fofana this summer.
That’s because Foxes boss Brendan Rodgers revealed his side have no intention of letting Fofana or fellow in-quest James Maddison leave the club.
However, the Blues are reportedly unfazed by Leicester’s tough stance and will make another bid for Fofana.
But the Blues could be successful in chasing Frenkie de Jong as the Barcelona ace wants a move to Stamford Bridge via one to Old Trafford with Man United.
So says Harry Redknapp, who said: “Now it looks like De Jong is going to Chelsea. I know it exactly.
“Man United won’t get him. I had that confirmed by someone at the top of United, he really wants to go to Chelsea.
“So if Man United don’t get him I don’t know where they’re going but if Chelsea get him he’ll be a fantastic signing for them.”
Finally, Marcos Alonso has packed his bags and said goodbye to the Chelsea squad ahead of a move to Barcelona, reports have claimed.
According to Mundo Deportivo, the left-back bid farewell to Blues staff after today’s training session in anticipation of a move to Barca this weekend.
They claim Alonso’s departure was exacerbated by the arrival of Brighton ace Marc Cucurella.