Arsenal legend Ian Wright has already told Chelsea why they should take a punt on ‘fantastic’ Marc Cucurella amid £30million summer transfer links.
The Blues, who failed in their attempts to land Emerson Palmieri in the summer, are now planning on bringing a new full-back in Thomas Tuchel’s summer rebuild as the European Champions look to end their five year drought for the Premier League crown.
Marc Cucurella is arguably one of the signings of the season so far in the 2021/22 Premier League campaign. with the Spaniard performing well for Brighton in big games this season including both times Chelsea faced off against the Seagulls.
Two draws were the outcome and the former Getafe man starred in the two fixtures, meaning that it was somewhat inevitable that links to west London would start appearing for the ex-Barcelona academy graduate.
As per Goal, Brighton wing-back Cucurella has emerged as a target at wing-back come the summer for the European Champions.
News that has excited the Blues fan base but what would the Seagulls’ chance be if a big club like a Chelsea were to enquire for the 23-year-old?
football.london understands that the South Coast outfit are bracing themselves for potential bids for their first choice left-back, but it would take ‘silly money’ for him to be sold after just one season.
Brighton paid a mere £15million for the Spanish star and due to his contract running until 2026, and it is expected that they would require more than double that fee to consider selling in the summer.
Alongside the likes of Graham Potter, former Brighton manager Brian Horton and SussexLive’s Seagulls Correspondent Richard Mills who has hyped up the Spaniard, Wright has also done his bit to convince Chelsea that Cucurella could be a ‘fantastic’ signing for the club if Marcos Alonso was to leave in the summer.
After Brighton’s 2-0 win over Brentford at home on Boxing Day, the former Arsenal forward waxed lyrical about the exciting wing-back.
“Brighton definitely deserved the win, but that save from [Robert] Sanchez was fantastic and then [Marc] Cucurella, who I really like at left-back, this clearance he makes on the line is fantastic,” he said via SussexLive.
“His awareness and he actually outjumps [Dan] Burn, who is 6ft 7ins, from underneath the bar, that is fantastic. But they deserved that, Brighton.”
What else makes the long-haired defender suitable for Tuchel’s system is his attacking pedigree as shown by his statistics this season in the Premier League when compared to other full-backs in the division.
As per FBref.com, Cucurella ranks in the top 10 for crosses into the penalty area (5th- 12), Crosses in general (10th- 51) and throw-ins taken (6th- 188).
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But as already mentioned, Alonso’ future matters when it comes to what happens in the end to the player that was linked to SW6 before £50million was spent on Ben Chilwell.
Will Atletico Madrid’s long-term interest in the 31-year-old cause a domino effect if Chelsea’s No.3 was to call time on his six year stay in the English capital come the conclusion of the current 2021/22 season?