Transfer: Chelsea to hijack Man City’s bid to sign Cucurella, in advanced talks with player

Chelsea are in “advanced talks” to sign Marc Cucurella from Brighton ahead of Manchester City.

City have been tracking Cucurella as a replacement for Oleksandr Zinchenko, who left to join Arsenal this summer.

The Premier League champions have already seen a £30m bid turned down by the Seagulls, who value their versatile left-back at the £50m mark.

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That has left the door ajar for Chelsea to pounce, and the Daily Mail reports a deal is being thrashed out.

Cucurella had his heart set on working with Pep Guardiola at the Etihad and it might yet prove a problem for Chelsea, who might need to convince the player, even if they meet Brighton’s valuation.

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Chelsea centre-half, Levi Colwill, could also be included in negotiations to sweeten the deal.

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