Report: Tuchel may go and sign 'tremendous' player and then use him in completely new position at Chelsea

Reports suggest Thomas Tuchel is considering using Marc Cucurella as a centre-back if he signs him this summer.

According to The Telegraph, the Spaniard could be the answer to the manager’s long-term problem of trying to replace Antonio Rudiger this summer.

The Blues have been widely linked today with a move to sign the Brighton man, who has most commonly been seen in the left-back position for the over the last year.

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His performances last season drew praise from around the world, however no greater praise than from Brighton chairman Tony Bloom, who claimed he is a ‘tremendous’ player.

Manchester City were originally tipped to secure a deal for the 24-year-old, as they only have Joao Cancelo and Kyle Walker to choose from when it comes to full-backs going into this season.

Tuchel could use Cucurella at centre-back

With the Blues rumoured to be more willing to pay the fee demanded by Brighton, supporters are already questioning where he will feature, given the Blues already have Ben Chilwell at their disposal in the left-back position.

The Telegraph have claimed though that the England international may be safe from rotation, with Tuchel seeing Cucurella as an option to play as part of the back three.

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This could see the Blues potentially only one more centre-back away from an extremely strong window in terms of recruitment at the back, even taking into account the failings in the Jules Kounde saga last month.

If there were any questions about his ability to play at centre-back too, he would be joining a club which already boasts Thiago Silva and Kalidou Koulibaly as perfect role models to learn from.

Furthermore, achieving the signing over direct rivals Manchester City will be a huge statement as to where the Blues stand in the current market, with them looking to close the gap on the top two this time around.

Jack is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has freelanced for The Athletic and The Sun. Jack has reported live from Premier League and Championship grounds, whilst also being published in the Non League Paper.