Marc Cucurella transfer fee and FIFA 22 rating as Brighton defender joins Chelsea

Chelsea appear to have beaten Manchester City in the race to sign Brighton’s Marc Cucurella.

After a difficult start to the summer transfer window, Chelsea have completed their fifth transfer signing.

The Blues have lost a number of defenders while Marcos Alonso could also be set to depart, paving the way for a new full-back to challenge Ben Chilwell this season.

Despite looking set for a move to Manchester City, Chelsea have snapped up Marc Cucurella from Brighton & Hove Albion.

The Spaniard only joined the Seagulls last summer but was named their Player of the Season after a brilliant debut campaign, leading to heavy interest from England’s elite.

How much have Chelsea paid for Marc Cucurella?

Marc Cucurella’s move to Chelsea is reportedly worth a total of £62 million as he joins on a six-year deal.

It is believed that the London club will pay an initial £55m fee, plus a potential £7m in bonuses.

The ex-Barcelona full-back becomes the seventh most expensive defender of all time and sees Todd Boehly’s summer spending exceed £150m.

Cucurella previously handed in a transfer request on Friday in a bid to push through a move to Man City, however Pep Guardiola’s team refused to pay the price tag.

City were eager to bring in a replacement for Oleksandr Zinchenko and had seen a £30m bid rejected for Cucurella, however they weren’t willing to add to their offer.

Chelsea’s £62m deal will is a significant increase on the £15m Brighton paid for the defender last year, though with four years on his contract left he was never going to go for cheap.

It is unclear how much Chelsea have agreed to pay Cucurella, though it is believed that the 24-year-old was earning around £50,000-a-week on the south coast.

FIFA 22 rating

Marc Cucurella currently has an 81 rating and 86 potential on FIFA 22 career mode.

His Ultimate Team card holds the stats: 79 pace, 80 dribbling, 67 shooting 73 defending, 78 passing, 74 physical - though his original also has him as a left midfielder.

He also has an 84 rated inform card, an 84 rated ‘Ones To Watch’ card and a 92 rated ‘Shapeshifter’ card.

How tall is he?

According to Transfermarkt, Marc Cucurella is 1.75m (5 ft 7).

This is smaller than Chelsea’s current left-backs in Alonso (6 ft 2) and Chilwell (5 ft 9).

Who else could Chelsea sign?

Marc Cucurella became Chelsea’s fifth signing of the summer after a busy week in London.

The Blues confirmed the signing of Chicago Fire goalkeeper Gabriel Slonina on Tuesday, before bringing in Aston Villa starlet Carney Chukwuemeka yesterday.

Thomas Tuchel’s side have been heavily linked to Leicester City centre-back Wesley Fofana and it has been reported they are willing to pay up the staggering £85m fee required to lure the 21-year-old away from the Midlands.

Other alternative defenders they have been looking at are Inter Milan’s Denzel Dumfries and RB Leipzig’s Josko Gvardiol.

Chelsea are also rumoured to be interested in signing Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong amid strong interest from Manchester United.

It is believed that the Dutchman would much prefer a move to Stamford Bridge, though he wants to remain in Spain, with his current club oweing him around £14m worth of wages.