Brighton make Chelsea pay ‘considerably’ higher than first thought for Marc Cucurella

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Marc Cucurella has completed a medical ahead of his move to Chelsea, though new reports state the Blues are paying far more than first claimed.

Chelsea and Man City both pursued the Brighton left-back following an outstanding maiden campaign in England. City were first to act, lodging three separate bids worth £30m, £35m and then £40m. All were rejected by Brighton.

Instead, the Seagulls placed a £50m valuation on Cucurella – a figure close to three and a half times what they paid Getafe just 12 months ago (£15.4m).

However, once the 24-year-old handed in a transfer request in order to accelerate a move, reports claimed Brighton raised the asking price.

Chelsea look certain to be the biggest spenders in the final month of the window. Where City refused to go above £40m, the Blues had no qualms.

Indeed, Fabrizio Romano was among the trusted sources to report Chelsea had seen a bid worth over £50m (speculated to be £52.5m) accepted by Brighton.

However, according to the Athletic, Chelsea will in fact be paying ‘considerably more’ than just £52.5m.

They claimed a higher figure has been ‘agreed’, though it was Romano who had the finer details and exact amounts.

The transfer guru tweeted Chelsea will fork out a fixed fee of £55m with a further £7m potentially making its way to the AMEX via add-ons. In total, the final reckoning could reach £62m.

Cucurella has already agreed personal terms and Romano added the Spaniard has also passed a medical on Thursday night in London.

He concluded the move is expected to be officially announced ‘this week’. The Athletic went one better, claiming the announcement could come ‘tomorrow’ (Friday).

The shared on Twitter gathered a number of replies from a wide range of Man City supporters.

“£62M 😂 another Txiki masterclass.”
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“£62M?😭…Txiki masterclass yet again.”
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“He ain’t worth that much 😭 but still good deal for CFC.”
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“OMG.”
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“No way man …. are you taking the piss?.”
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“Most Expensive Left Back in Premier League history. Chelsea paying nearly £65m??????? for left back from Brighton.”
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