Chelsea sign 7th most expensive defender in history

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Chelsea have signed up Marc Cucurella from Brighton and Hove Albion, and the Blues paid a massive fee for his signature.

Chelsea will pay an initial fee of £55million for Cucurella, plus a potential £7million in bonuses, leading to a fee of £62m.

Cucurella joins Chelsea as the 7th most expensive defender in the world.

See the top ten ranking below

Harry Maguire (Leicester to Manchester United) – £80m

Virgil van Dijk (Southampton to Liverpool) – £75m

Matthijs de Ligt (Juventus to Bayern Munich) – £68m

Lucas Hernandez (Atletico Madrid to Bayern Munich) – £68m

Matthijs de Ligt (Ajax to Juventus) – £67.5m

Ruben Dias (Benfica to Manchester City) – £65m

Marc Cucurella (Brighton to Chelsea) – £62m

Aymeric Laporte (Athletic Bilbao to Manchester City) – £57m

Lisandro Martinez (Ajax to Manchester United) – £55m

Ben White (Brighton to Arsenal) – £50m

Brighton will make massive profit from the deal, after spending just £15million on the Spaniard when he moved from Getafe only a year ago. 

On signing for Chelsea, Cucurella admitted he was excited about joining Chelsea, as he said: “I’m really happy. It’s a big opportunity for me to join one of the best clubs in the world and I’m going to work hard to be happy here and help the team.”