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Graham Potter hails Marc Cucurella after £60m Chelsea move and praises Brighton's transfer business

Graham Potter hails ‘fabulous player, great guy’ Marc Cucurella after fullback moves £62million to Chelsea – praising Brighton’s transfer strategy raking in £150M in a year

  • Marc Cucurella completed his £62m move to Chelsea on the eve of the new season
  • Brighton bagged £150m for Cucurella, Ben White and Yves Bissouma
  • Seagulls boss Graham Potter says money made from deals shows the club’s work

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Graham Potter believes Marc Cucurella’s club record £62m move to Chelsea shows Brighton has a recruitment process to be proud of.

Albion was reluctant to lose the defender but managed to negotiate a profit of nearly £45 million on a player bought from Spain’s Getafe less than 12 months ago.

The Seagulls have received around £150m in transfer fees over the past year following the sale of Ben White to Arsenal, Dan Burn to Newcastle and Yves Bissouma to Tottenham.

Graham Potter greets 'great guy' Marc Cucurella after his lucrative move to Chelsea

Graham Potter greets ‘great guy’ Marc Cucurella after his lucrative move to Chelsea

“It’s part of our strategy to enable us to continue to develop,” said head coach Potter, who led the south coast club to first place in the Premier League last season.

‘Buying players is easy; selling players at the right time for the right price is the hard part.

“And over the last three windows it’s been about £150m in player sales that we’ve made, which is no small feat, something to be proud of from a recruiting perspective, from a development perspective.

“Credit to the players, because in the end it is they who play the game and put themselves in that position.

“Our job now is to try to improve, move forward and that’s what we’re going to do.”

Former Barcelona youth player Cucurella was crowned Player of the Year in Brighton after an impressive first season in English football and was closely linked to champions Manchester City before moving to Stamford Bridge.

While lucrative, the 24-year-old’s departure just two days before Albion starts the new season at Manchester United is far from ideal.

The Spaniard was an instant hit, winning Brighton's Player of the Season in the 21/22 campaign

The Spaniard was an instant hit, winning Brighton's Player of the Season in the 21/22 campaign

The Spaniard was an instant hit, winning Brighton’s Player of the Season in the 21/22 campaign

The Seagulls have managed to soften his unwelcome sale by turning Chelsea’s England Under-21 defender Levi Colwill in the other direction on a season-long loan.

Potter insisted the Cucurella transfer talks have not been a distraction ahead of Erik ten Hag’s new look at United, and he believes the final deal is beneficial for all parties.

“We didn’t want to sell it and we didn’t need to sell it,” Potter said.

“But at the same time you understand that if a Champions League club comes with Champions League resources and finances and the player indicates that he wants that, then it is very difficult for us.

Potter is sad to lose a player of Cucurella's quality but happy for Brighton's business

Potter is sad to lose a player of Cucurella's quality but happy for Brighton's business

Potter is sad to lose a player of Cucurella’s quality but happy for Brighton’s business

“Then we have to make sure we get the right compensation, I think we got the right compensation.

“It’s a different situation where everyone has won in terms of the player has a great opportunity, the selling club has good compensation and the buying club has a good player, so win, win, win all around.

“Marc was a fantastic player for us, great guy, I like him very much so I wish him the best and we are moving forward as a group.”

Colwill, who helped Huddersfield reach the Sky Bet Championship play-offs last season, could be involved in the Seagulls’ opener at Old Trafford.

“He’s a young player with some really nice features, huge potential,” Potter said of the 19-year-old.

“He adds quality, he had a good loan at Huddersfield last year and he adds good competition for places.

“Obviously we’ve lost a left-sided defender, so he’s coming in and adding support in that area.”


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