Cucurella’s desire to move to a bigger club became clear after he handed in an official transfer request to leave Brighton last week. His impending exit comes just one season after he completed an £18m switch from Getafe to link up with Graham Potter’s side.
Having originally started out as a left wing-back, Potter saw his value as a left-sided centre-back and the Spain international flourished in the back three. It is the former Barcelona trainee’s versatility that has made him an attractive option for Thomas Tuchel, who has been searching the market for a replacement for Antonio Rudiger.
He has missed out on Matthijs de Ligt and Jules Kounde, who joined Bayern Munich and Barcelona respectively, before capturing Kalidou Koulibaly for £34m from Napoli. And the signing of Cucurella is likely to be the catalyst for a flurry of departures from Stamford Bridge.
While Cesar Azpilicueta now looks likely to remain in west London despite interest from Barcelona, Malang Sarr, Emerson Palmieri and Marcos Alonso are poised to seal moves away from the club this summer, joining Colwill in heading for the exit.