Marc Cucurella joined Brighton for £15m last summer and was named as the club’s player of the season after impressing in his debut campaign; Manchester City had a £30m bid for the left-back turned down last week but Chelsea were willing to meet Brighton’s asking price

Chelsea have reached an agreement to sign Marc Cucurella from Brighton for £52.5m.

The Spaniard handed in a transfer request on Friday in a bid to push through a move to Manchester City but the Premier League champions did not want to pay Brighton’s asking price for the 24-year-old.

The Seagulls had previously rejected a £30m bid for the full-back from Pep Guardiola’s side, who are looking for a replacement for Oleksandr Zinchenko after he joined Arsenal

Cucurella enjoyed a hugely successful first Premier League season after moving from Getafe in a deal worth around £15m last summer and was named Brighton’s player of the season.

Brighton did not want to let Cucurella leave and it took Chelsea’s huge offer for them to sell as he had four years remaining on his contract at the Amex.

Thomas Tuchel’s side have made two signings this summer with the arrivals of Raheem Sterling for £47.5m from City and defender Kalidou Koulibaly from Napoli in a £33m deal.

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