Chelsea ‘want’ Premier League defender but face competition from Tottenham and Juventus

Chelsea ‘want’ Brighton & Hove Albion defender Marc Cucurella but Tottenham and Juventus are also interested in him, according to reports.

Following spells at Barcelona and Getafe, the left-back signed for Brighton last summer. It is believed that they paid around £15m to sign him.

Cucurella has been an ever-present for the Seagulls this season, playing 36 times across all competitions.

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The Spaniard scored his first Premier League goal earlier this month as Brighton hammered Machester United 4-0.

Tutto Juve (via Sport Witness) are reporting that Chelsea ‘want’ the 23-year-old. It is said that Tottenham and Juventus are also interested in him.

The report adds that the defender is ‘one of the options’ for Chelsea but there is currently ‘nothing concrete’.

Elsewhere, Emma Hayes believes prospective new Chelsea owner Todd Boehly is the perfect fit for the Blues after having lunch with him on Friday.

Hayes leads her Chelsea side into the Women’s FA Cup final against Manchester City at Wembley Stadium on Sunday, hoping to complete a domestic double having already sealed the Women’s Super League title.

For the first time the Chelsea boss met with Boehly, who 24 hours earlier spoke to her male counterpart Thomas Tuchel, at the club’s Cobham training base and she came away with a favourable impression.

“I had lunch with Todd,” Hayes said in her press conference to preview the City clash. “He’s watched the girls train. I had a really lovely couple of hours with him.

“He was absolutely delightful, really passionate. He’s just a normal, down-to-earth guy who’s really passionate about Chelsea. He loves Chelsea. He’s ambitious, as we are, so it’s a perfect fit.

“I saw him at one of the games he went to at Stamford Bridge but he was upstairs and I was downstairs.”

Eldridge Industries founder and Los Angeles Dodgers co-owner Boehly is set to hold the most influence in the consortium that will buy Chelsea for £4.25billion from Roman Abramovich.

Clearlake Capital co-founder Behdad Eghbali will work closely with Boehly and will be understood to take an active role in major financial decisions. C


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