Marc Cucurella banished from Brighton training ahead of Chelsea transfer
Marc Cucurella has been kept away from training with the Brighton first team ahead of his expected move to Chelsea, according to reports.
It was widely reported on Wednesday evening that Chelsea had beaten Manchester City to the signing of the defender, agreeing a £50m fee with Brighton.
But the Seagulls released a statement in response, claiming that they have not yet agreed to sell Cucurella despite the Spaniard agreeing personal terms with the Blues.
The Athletic are now reporting that Cucurella will no longer train with the Brighton team as boss Graham Potter sees the situation as a distraction ahead of their Premier League opener at Manchester United.
It is believed that the reported figure is below Brighton’s asking price and while it had been thought that Levi Colwill was being used as a bargaining chip in the Cucurella transfer, the newest information is that they are in fact separate deals.
Chelsea’s 19-year-old centre-back Colwill spent last season on loan at Huddersfield Town in the Championship and is wanted by Brighton this summer.
Cucurella, meanwhile, enjoyed a successful first season at Brighton in the last campaign – having moved from Getafe for £15m – helping the Seagulls to a best-ever Premier League finish of ninth place.
Earlier this summer, City stepped up their interest in the 24-year-old, with Pep Guardiola’s side in need of a new left-back following the departure of Oleksandr Zinchenko to Arsenal.
However, they were unwilling to pay above £40m for the player, leading Chelsea to swoop in and hijack the transfer.
Meanwhile, Chelsea owner Todd Boehly has told Cesar Azpilicueta he cannot leave the club despite strong interest from Barcelona, according to reports.
Chelsea have already lost Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen this summer to Real Madrid and Barcelona respectively, and though they have signed Kalidou Koulibaly permanently they want more defensive reinforcements before they allow Azpilicueta and Alonso to leave.
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