CHELSEA should pay at the very least £45million to win the race for Brighton defender Marc Cucurella.
And they’re going to additionally need to see off Manchester City and Tottenham to land the Spanish left-back.
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Chelsea have been advised to pay greater than £45million in the event that they need to win the switch raceGetty
Blues boss Thomas Tuchel, buoyed by the information that Todd Boehly’s £4.25billion takeover of the club has cleared its final hurdle, is plotting a serious overhaul of his defence.
Cucurella matches the invoice after a standout first season in England following a £15.4million switch from Spanish outfit Getafe. Tuchel is braced to lose left-back Marcos Alonso, who is keen to return to Spain.
Chelsea’s different participant to fill that slot is Ben Chilwell and he solely returned to motion final weekend following a serious knee harm.
Cucurella, 23, feels loyalty to Brighton however admits that curiosity from newly-crowned Premier League champions Metropolis is tough to dismiss.
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He stated: “If the opportunity arises, you have to take advantage of it. There are teams that you can’t say no to.”
Tuchel is hoping Chelsea is on that listing — however bitter rivals Spurs are additionally eager on Cucurella.
And a three-way bidding scrap may kick off.
Chelsea’s switch ban, imposed when the Authorities sanctioned outgoing proprietor Roman Abramovich following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, needs to be lifted as soon as Boehly’s takeover is full.
The final potential obstacle was eliminated when the Portuguese authorities authorised the sale of the membership.
That needed to be completed as Russian oligarch Abramovich has a Portuguese passport.
All that is still now’s for Chelsea to formally announce that Boehly has purchased the Londoners.
Then Tuchel — who has already misplaced centre-halves Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen — can get to work on bringing in his summer time targets.
In addition to Cucurella, Sevilla’s French centre-half Jules Kounde, 23, is on Tuchel’s wanted list.