Brighton set to lose Cucurella before Manchester United showdown
Manchester United stand to benefit from Brighton’s impending sale of Marc Cucurella, which could go through before this weekend.
Chelsea are accelerating negotiations to sign the Spanish defender, with The Mail reporting they are willing to spend £50 million and beat Manchester City to the deal.
It ‘is now expected that Cucurella will complete a switch to Stamford Bridge’, weakening Manchester United’s upcoming opponents days before the Premier League opener.
United host Brighton at Old Trafford on Sunday at 2pm, looking for revenge after last season’s 4-0 loss at the Amex in May.
Brighton set to lose Cucurella
Cucurella played a key role in Brighton’s win, scoring the second goal in the 4-0 victory.
He is set to become the second player who started the game who Brighton won’t have on their books, following the sale of Yves Bissouma to Tottenham.
United will still have to deal with Cucurella and Bissouma at their new clubs, but both Chelsea and Tottenham are strong opponents anyway.
It is the timing of this particular departure which really has the potential to have a sizeable impact on this weekend’s game.
Cucurella started 35 league games for Brighton last season, and losing him would be a significant blow in the short-term, despite the major cash injection they are set to receive.
Brighton’s summer signings are Deniz Undav, Kaoru Mitoma and Julio Enciso, three prospects who likely won’t be ready to make an instant impact.
Manchester United meanwhile will be stronger and refreshed under new manager Erik ten Hag, and will be looking for a very different result to the last meeting between the two sides.