Chelsea have agreed a £52.5m deal with Brighton and Hove Albion for left-back Marc Cucurella as they look to hand Thomas Tuchel extra options in the Chelsea defence.
The Blues pounced on the Brighton defender after talks with Manchester City broke down, with Pep Guardiola’s side unwilling to match the Seagulls’ £50m valuation.
Having spent just 12 months on the south coast after a move for Getafe, Graham Potters’ side were looking to triple their money on the £16m that they shelled out for the left-back.
And they have managed to do just that, with Chelsea having agreed a deal with Brighton worth £52.5m for the Spaniard, which will be a world record deal for a left-back.
Cucurella will sign a six-year deal at Stamford Bridge, and will become the fifth signing of the summer for the Blues.
They have also added Raheem Sterling and Kalidou Koulibaly, as well as youth prospects Carney Chukwuemeka and Gabriel Slolina, while they remain keen on adding centre-backs to his squad, with Leicester City defender Wesley Fofana top of the agenda.
Colwill to head the other way
Highly rated centre-back Levi Colwill is set to head the other way, joining Brighton from Chelsea in a separate deal.
Colwill was tipped to fight for his place at Stamford Bridge after a successful loan at Huddersfield Town in the Championship last season, but the focus on adding more defenders this summer has seen him opt for a move away from the club.
And, while plenty of Blues fans will be left with fears of repeats of deals for the likes of Fikayo Tomori, Tammy Abraham and even Kevin de Bruyne, the west London club are set to include an option to buy in the deal that will send Colwill to the south coast.