Revealed: Why Brighton denied Chelsea’s £50m done deal for their player

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Chelsea have finished negotiations with Brighton for their defender Marc Cucurella.

The 24-year-old has as well agreed terms to a new deal with Chelsea, and will now join the club on a six-year contract.

Transfer expert Fabrizio Romano and a host of multiple sources confirmed the deal as a done deal on Wednesday.

However, Brighton stunned everyone with a statement claiming that the deal wasn’t done yet.

The Seagulls wrote: “Contrary to inaccurate reports from numerous media outlets this evening, no agreement has been reached with any club to sell Marc Cucurella.”

However, the deal seems a done deal, and Brighton are only holding out so they can sign Chelsea youngster Levi Colwill.

Brighton are also negotiating for the Chelsea defender, with Chelsea keen on a buyback, but both parties are yet to reach an agreement on all the terms in the Colwill deal.

Reporter Nizaar Kinsella explained: “Cucurella is done for £52.5m but there’s work to do from Brighton on Colwill. The move is conditional that they sign the 19-year-old, hence Brighton’s statement last night.”

Cucurella’s agent Alvaro Dominguez liked Romano’s post about his client’s move to Chelsea.

When one fan suggested Romano had told a lie, a bullish Fabrizio Romano insisted that it was a confirmed deal.