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‘Panic shopping for’ – Martin Keown labels Chelsea deal for Marc Cucurella ‘nonsensical’

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Marc Cucurella is Chelsea’s model new signing (Image: Getty Pictures)

Chelsea’s £63million deal for defender Marc Cucurella is ‘nonsensical’, in keeping with Arsenal legend Martin Keown.

The Blues have been on the lookout for defensive reinforcements this summer season after the exits of Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen on free transfers.

They introduced one in earlier within the window – skilled centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly from Napoli.

And now they’ve strengthened their choices on the again once more with the signing of Cucurella, who can function at left wing-back or at left centre-back.

The bundle that has been agreed with Brighton is reportedly a assured up-front sum of £56m, plus an additional £7m in varied add-ons and clauses.

In the meantime, Levi Colwill will make the change from Chelsea to Brighton on mortgage for the season.

However with wing-backs Ben Chilwell and Marcus Alonso on the membership, Keown thinks the Blues are ‘panic shopping for’ concerning their deal for Cucurella.

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‘Chelsea have gone out and paid £60-odd million for Cucurella – I feel that’s nonsensical,’ Keown informed talkSPORT.

‘It’s an unbelievable sum of money. I feel it’s an excessive amount of. Cucurella, nearly as good as he’s, I feel there are nonetheless gamers on the market which are higher.

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‘To pay that type of cash with Ben Chilwell nonetheless there, [Marcos] Alonso’s nonetheless there. It does really feel prefer it’s panic shopping for.’

‘If you happen to take a look at final season, if I needed to say of the highest 4 groups, if there’s one that would slide out of the highest 4, it might be Chelsea,’ Keown added.

‘Thomas Tuchel is an impressive supervisor however all of his assist crew round him have disappeared. So there’s a little bit of change there.

‘The brand new proprietor’s are available in and he needs to make a distinction. On the eve of the brand new season he’s making an announcement with that type of signing. Is it overspending? I feel perhaps it’s.’


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