Burnley join Brighton & Hove Albion in race to sign Marc Cucurella
Burnley Football Club have entered into a race with Brighton Hove Albion to sign Getafe defender Marc Cucurella, who has been with the La Liga outfit for the past two seasons where he has impressed with four goals and eight assists in eighty-five appearances.
The Spaniard started his career as a left-back, but he was vastly played on the left side of the midfield for Getafe in their preferred 4-4-2 formation. Brighton Hove Albion have been heavily tipped to sign him this summer, but it appears that they could now face competition from Premier League rivals Burnley for his services.
Cucurella has played with lesser possession at Getafe, and he has regularly backtracked to help out his left-back with defensive duties. Brighton appear the perfect fit for him with their possession-based football that will offer him the chance to express himself. Brighton have made little progress in negotiating a fee, which plays into the hands of the Clarets.
The Spaniard would be a quality addition for either club having won 1.7 tackles and 1.9 aerial duels per game last term operating in midfield. His passing success rate was not great at seventy-three perecent, but he played for a side that ended 15th in La Liga and averaged a thirty-five percent possession.
Cucurella arrived at Getafe from Barcelona for €6 million, but he was valued at around €20m by Transfermarket after the progress made. He currently has three years left on his contract with the La Liga outfit who would be looking for a similar fee. Cucurella recently won silver medal with Spain at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.