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Meanwhile, Chelsea have beaten Manchester City to the signing of Cucurella. If the paperwork is completed by midday on Friday, he would be available for the season opener against Everton on Saturday.

Tuchel hopes that is the case and has explained why he has pursued the Spaniard. Tuchel said: “It’s not done yet. The paperwork is in process and hopefully we can get it finished before noon and Marc is our player.

“Marc is a fantastic player, young player. He’s young, hungry, mobile, very intelligent player in several positions in our system. That’s why we hope that the transfer goes through.”

Cucurella has had just one season in the Premier League, making 35 appearances and scoring one goal against Manchester United. He joined Brighton from Getafe last summer for a fee of around £15m.