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Gary Neville questions Chelsea’s deal to signal Brighton defender Marc Cucurella: ‘That one shocked us’

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Gary Neville has given his verdict on Chelsea’s newest switch (Photos: Getty/Sky Sports activities)

Gary Neville has questioned Chelsea’s resolution to signal Brighton defender Marc Cucurella, insisting he was ‘shocked’ by the ‘staggering’ switch announcement.

Chelsea confirmed on Friday that they had signed Spain defender Cucurella in a deal worth more than £60m.

Cucurella has signed a six-year contract at Stamford Bridge and turns into Thomas Tuchel’s fourth main summer time signing following England ahead Raheem Sterling, Senegal defender Kalidou Koulibaly and teenage prospect Carney Chukwuemeka.

The 24-year-old, who performed 38 video games in his solely season at Brighton, looked set to join Manchester City earlier in the summer however Chelsea hijacked the transfer to bolster Tuchel’s defensive choices.

Whereas Neville has been impressed by Cucurella’s improvement on the south coast, he admits he was left ‘shocked’ by Chelsea’s deal.

‘That one simply shocked us at present,’ the previous Manchester United and England defender stated on Sky Sports.

‘It’s a staggering sum of money they usually’ve obtained Ben Chilwell in that place already. That’s an enormous switch that’s gone by way of. That’s the one [summer deal] that stands out for me.

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‘Seeing him in a Chelsea shirt… is he going to enhance and show to be price that sum of cash?’

Cucurella rapidly established himself as one in all Brighton’s most constant gamers following his transfer from Getafe this time final 12 months.

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However he was open to leaving Brighton this summer time as a way to play within the Champions League and compete for main trophies.

Following his transfer to Chelsea, Cucurella stated: ‘I’m actually joyful. It’s an enormous alternative for me to affix among the finest golf equipment on the planet. I’m going to work arduous to be joyful right here and assist the group.’

New Chelsea proprietor Todd Boehly, in the meantime, insists he’s ‘delighted’ to welcome Cucurella to Stamford Bridge.

‘Marc is an elite defender of confirmed Premier League high quality,’ the American businessman stated.

‘We proceed to work on and off the pitch, and we’re delighted Marc might be part of the current and future at Chelsea.’

Chelsea completed third within the Premier League final season and kick-start the 2022-23 marketing campaign on Saturday with a visit to Goodison Park to face Frank Lampard’s Everton.


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