“I’m very excited about what he can bring,” Tuchel told Chelsea’s official website following the move. “He’s a fantastic player, a fantastic guy.
“I don’t want to get too excited, but I have the feeling we signed the new Azpilicueta, in terms of his mentality, attitude, even in terms of his position, just with a left foot. He can play in the back three, he can play wing-back and he is a very nice, very humble guy with his personality.
“He is a fantastic player, a very intelligent player, who is very strong on the ball, aggressive off the ball, mobile, hungry, with a good attitude. So I’m very, very happy that he joins us.”
Chelsea made Cucurella the most expensive left-back in Premier League history, signing him in a deal worth £58.77m.
Following the move, we’ve named the most expensive XI in Premier League history. It’s proof that spending a lot of money on a player doesn’t guarantee success…
GK: Kepa Arrizabalaga | Athletic Bilbao to Chelsea | £72m
Kepa was Chelsea’s number one for two seasons before losing his place. He’s now backup to Edouard Mendy.
RB: Joao Cancelo | Juventus to Manchester City | £58.5m
What a signing Cancelo has been for City. He’s one of the best full-backs in world football.
CB: Virgil van Dijk | Southampton to Liverpool | £76m
Van Dijk was worth every penny. He’s been arguably the best centre-back in the world for a number of years.
CB: Harry Maguire | Leicester City to Manchester United | £78.3m
Maguire has not managed to live up to his price-tag in a tumultuous United spell.
LB: Marc Cucurella | Brighton to Chelsea | £58.77m
Cucurella has arrived at Chelsea with a hefty price tag. Will he be worth it? Time will tell.
RM: Jadon Sancho | Borussia Dortmund to Manchester United | £76.5m
Sancho had a disappointing first season at United, directly contributing to eight goals in 37 games.
CM: Paul Pogba | Juventus to Manchester United | £94.5m
Pogba’s signing was a disaster. They recently lost him on a free transfer after he decided against extending his stay.
CM: Kevin De Bruyne | Wolfsburg to Manchester City | £68.4m
City’s move for De Bruyne in 2015 was criticised by some but he has silenced his doubters. He is a four time Premier League winner and two time PFA Players’ Player of the Year winner.
CAM: Kai Havertz | Bayer Leverkusen to Chelsea | £72m
Havertz hasn’t lived up to expectations, but he did score the winner in Chelsea’s Champions League triumph against Chelsea in 2021.
LW: Jack Grealish | Aston Villa to Manchester City | £105.75m
Grealish directly contributed to just six goals in 39 games for Man City in the 21/22 season.
ST: Romelu Lukaku | Juventus to Chelsea | £101.7m
A complete disaster of a signing. Lukaku announced his unhappiness and intention to return to Inter Milan just months after arriving at Chelsea. He got his wish this summer as he re-joined the Italian giants on loan.