Chelsea ‘make a move for £27m-rated Getafe left-back Marc Cucurella’ as Frank Lampard seeks back-up option to Leicester’s Ben Chilwell
- Chelsea are weighing up a summer bid for Getafe star Marc Cucurella
- Blues are reportedly willing to pay £27m if they fail in pursuit of Ben Chilwell
- Cucurella joined Getafe permanently last month after loan-to-buy agreement
- The south Madrid club paid 10 million euros for Barcelona academy graduate
Chelsea are preparing a bid of 30 million euros (£27m) to sign Getafe left-back Marc Cucurella, according to reports in Spain.
AS claim Blues have been monitoring the 22-year-old defender since March and will pursue a deal if they are unable to sign primary target Ben Chilwell from Leicester.
Cucurella made 45 appearances at Getafe this term while on loan from Barcelona, and the south Madrid club agreed to pay 10 million euros to make the deal permanent last month.
Chelsea are reportedly interested in signing Getafe defender Marc Cucurella this summer
Nevertheless, Chelsea would be willing to pay over double that price to bring the Spaniard to Stamford Bridge, with Barca reserving the right to claim 10 per cent of the transfer fee.
Cucurella, who has also made five appearances for Spain at under-21 level, first joined Barca in 2012 and made just one appearance for the first team before joining SD Eibar on loan at the beginning of the 2018-19 campaign.
Chelsea first identified Cucurella as a back-up option after Leicester vowed to battle to keep hold of highly-rated full-back Ben Chilwell.
Blues will bid to sign Cucurella if they fail in pursuit of Leicester defender Ben Chilwell
Speaking in June, Foxes manager Brendan Rodgers said: ‘We will always fight to keep the players here but, if they’re not going to be here, the club will get the best price for the player, it’s as simple as that.
‘We’re aware that while there are good players here, that will be of interest to teams who have more money than ourselves. We’re not naive, but we don’t lose sleep worrying over it.
‘We have to continue with our work and have a pipeline in place, where if you lose one you have the next player in. This happens to the biggest clubs in the world. So, a club like ourselves, of course it may happen, it’s the reality of where we’re at.’