Spanish defender Cucurella became the club’s fifth signing of a busy and often chaotic summer transfer window on Friday, signing a six-year deal after joining from Brighton for a hefty fee that could rise up to £62.5 million.
Cucurella’s arrival has coincided with a new contract for compatriot César Azpilicueta, with the former Chelsea club captain signing an improved two-year deal until 2024 on Thursday, ending Barcelona’s long-running pursuit of your signature in the process.
There are many parallels between the two players apart from simple nationality, mainly the versatility and ability to operate in multiple defensive positions that make them such valuable options for Tuchel, who lost the services of Andreas Christensen and Antonio Rudiger on free transfers before that. in the summer and then signed Kalidou Koulibaly, with another centre-back on the agenda amid talks over Leicester’s Wesley Fofana.
“I’m really excited about what he can bring,” the manager said of the arrival of Cucurella, who could quickly make his Chelsea debut in their first Premier League game against Frank Lampard’s Everton at Goodison Park on Saturday in the evening “He’s a fantastic player, a fantastic guy.
“I don’t want to get too excited, but I have the feeling that we have signed the new Azpilicueta, in terms of his mentality, attitude, even in terms of his position, just with his left foot. He can play in the back three, he can play on the wing and he’s a very nice guy, very humble with his personality.
“He is a fantastic player, a very intelligent player, very strong with the ball, aggressive with the ball, mobile, hungry, with a good attitude. So I’m very, very happy that he’s joining us.”
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