'In the night': Fabrizio Romano has transfer update for Chelsea fans after developments overnight
Fabrizio Romano has claimed that Chelsea have been working overnight to finalise details in order to sign Marc Cucurella today.
The Brighton man has emerged as Chelsea’s main target for a versatile defender, with his ability to play out wide or as part of the back three.
Antonio Rudiger’s marauding forward runs were a big part of Chelsea’s attacking play last season, so replacing that seemed an essential job for the new owners to complete this summer.
Defence has noticeably been the position they have been looking to strengthen, with them so far missing out on deals for Jules Kounde and Matthijs de Ligt despite being favourites to pull the move off at one stage.
However, Romano has claimed that Thomas Tuchel is now awaiting the arrival of Cucurella, after a fee was agreed with Brighton for a deal.
Chelsea work overnight on Cucurella
He said: “Chelsea and Brighton have been preparing contracts in the night in order to get Marc Cucurella deal signed on Friday. Medical was perfect and Thomas Tuchel is now waiting for him.
“Fee confirmed as advanced earlier: £55m guaranteed plus £7m in add-ons to Brighton.”
The price tag is slightly higher than reported originally, however it is likely because highly-rated teenager, Levi Colwill, will not be joining the Seagulls on a permanent basis.
He was expected to leave the Blues with a buyback clause involved, at least acknowledging how big a mistake they could be making by selling him.
However, it appears they are beginning to learn from prior mistakes, with them hesitant to let the 19-year-old leave the club permanently, instead hoping to see him develop as a Premier League calibre defender while on loan.
Supporters will also be hoping this deal does not signal the end of the club’s transfer activity, with them still weighing up making a staggering bid for Wesley Fofana.