‘They have no intention’: - Romano hands Chelsea massive boost as he says rival club won’t meet £50m man’s asking price

Fabrzio Romano has handed Chelsea a massive boost in their bid to sign Marc Cucurella from Brighton this summer.

The Spaniard is now a major interest of the Blues, with them prepared to make one of their most expensive signings in history to secure his services.

The Blues have been hunting far and wide for defensive reinforcements this summer, with their search currently only returning Kalidou Koulibaly from Napoli.

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However, Romano has claimed the club are in a great position to add Cucurella to that list, with rival bidders Manchester City apparently not willing to up their latest bid to the required £50m fee.

He said: “Work in progress for Marc Cucurella deal. Chelsea are on it on both club and player side, waiting to complete full agreement with Brighton. Deal well advanced. 

“No issues on player side. Man City confirm they have no intention to improve their £40m bid.”

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The Brighton man had a stellar season last time around, with his revolution at the back one of the key reasons why the Seagulls finished as well as they did.

While the signing on the face of it looks a peculiar one, given the club already have the brilliant Ben Chilwell at their disposal on the left of defence,

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However, reports have claimed that Thomas Tuchel believes the 24-year-old has a future at left-centre-back, a position where the club have been desperate to directly strengthen following the departure of Antonio Rudiger.

Fans will be hoping the speed this potential deal has moved at over the last 24 hours is a sign of things to come in this final month of the transfer window, with the club still keen on another centre-back before it slams shut.

Wesley Fofana is reportedly being closely monitored by the club, and they are seemingly not put off by Leicester City’s stance that he is not for sale, with the Blues looking to re-establish themselves as a big player in the market.

Jack is a writer for The Chelsea Chronicle. He has been a part of GRV Media since June 2022. He has a First Class Honours degree in Football Journalism from the University of Derby, graduating in 2021. Jack has experience working freelance for The Sun and The Athletic, whilst also being published for the Non-League Paper and reporting for Burton Albion's academy side. He is a lifelong Chelsea fan and will debate with anyone about everything and anything football related. He also holds a passion for gaming and music, and thinks he knows every word to every Oasis song ever released