Hello Chelsea fans
Chelsea have confirmed the signing of defender Marc Cucurella from Brighton on a six-year contract.
The fee for the Spaniard is estimated at £55m and could rise to £62m with add-ons.
Speaking on his big move, Cucurella said: “I’m really happy. It’s a great opportunity for me to join one of the best clubs in the world and I will work hard to be happy here and help the team.
Meanwhile, Blues boss Thomas Tuchel has revealed he tried to sign Cucurella’s defensive partner Kalidou Koulibaly for years before finally breaking Napoli’s resolve.
He said: ‘via Football Italia: ‘We followed him for many years.
“Me personally and my team followed him for many years and tried many times and never succeeded because it is very difficult to get Napoli players, who are well known for keeping their team together.”
Elsewhere, Chelsea are set to miss Leicester City star Wesley Fofana this summer.
That’s because Foxes boss Brendan Rodgers has revealed his side have no intention of letting Fofana or his in-demand counterpart James Maddison leave the club.
However, the Blues are said to be out of step with Leicester’s tough stance and will make another offer for Fofana.
But the Blues could be successful in their pursuit of Frenkie de Jong as the Barcelona ace wants a move to Stamford Bridge rather than Old Trafford with Man United.
That’s according to Harry Redknapp who said: “Now it looks like De Jong wants to go to Chelsea. I know that for a fact.
“Man United won’t get him. I got confirmation from someone at the top of United he really wants to go to Chelsea.
“So if Man United don’t get him I don’t know where they’re going, but if Chelsea do get him he’ll be a fantastic signing for them.”
Finally, Marcos Alonso has packed his bags and said goodbye to the Chelsea squad ahead of a move to Barcelona, according to reports.
The left-back bid farewell to the Blues staff after today’s training ahead of a move to Barca this weekend, according to Mundo Deportivo.
They claim Alonso’s exit has been exacerbated by the arrival of Brighton ace Marc Cucurella.