According to @MattLawDT (via Telegraph Football), rather than former manager Thomas Tuchel, incoming Chelsea manager Graham Potter was the impetus behind the Blues’ pursuit of outstanding Spanish left wing-back Marc Cucurella.
It has come to light that the American businessman and the former manager of Brighton had been communicating over Whatsapp for a number of weeks prior to the Englishman being named manager of Stamford Bridge. During one of these conversations, Potter requested that Boehly sign Cucurella.
Following the 1-0 defeat to Dinamo Zagreb, previous Blues manager Thomas Tuchel was abruptly fired, and Chelsea moved immediately to approach the then-Brighton manager to hire him as the next manager at Stamford Bridge.
Todd Boehly appears to have betrayed Thomas Tuchel, the team’s coach at the time, as well as Graham Potter, who traded one of the greatest players from the team he coached. Cucurella is now available for Potter to utilise at Chelsea.
Marc Cucurella made a high-profile transfer to the Blues during this transfer window, and he quickly adjusted to playing left wing-back. Every time the Spaniard has played, he has been brilliant, so this may be a sign of things to come.
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Cucurella had substantial use from Potter throughout their lone season with Brighton. The Spaniard was among the Seagulls’ finest players last season, and there is little question that he will have a strong prominent role under Potter at Stamford Bridge.
Ben Chilwell, an English fullback who is regarded as one of the Premier League’s greatest emerging talent defenders, is also a member of the Chelsea roster. He missed the most of the season due to a chronic ailment, but the former Leicester player now appears to be back to his best.
Potter is faced with a difficult decision over his chosen candidate for the left wing-back position. Given their prior collaboration, Cucurella could have the advantage, but it would be very challenging to keep Ben Chilwell off the team.
Despite this, the treachery and the entire Cucurella affair appear almost unreal. If this is the true, it does not present a favourable image of Boehly or the Blues.