MARC CUCURELLA is one step away from joining Chelsea – with reports claiming the Brighton star has passed his medical.
The Seagulls banned Cucurella from training earlier on Thursday as the Blues’ £62million move edged closer.
The in-demand full-back – also wanted by Manchester City – has now passed a medical ahead of his move to Stamford Bridge.
Various paperworks will soon be signed, allowing Chelsea to finally confirm the deal after Brighton refuted an agreement last night.
And Romano adds that the Blues will pay a fixed fee of £55m, with £7m in add-ons.
Chelsea kid Levi Colwill will then join Brighton on loan after it was initially reported to be a permanent deal.
Cucurella was expected to join Man City this summer after handing in a transfer request.
The champions failed with several bids for the former Barcelona youngster, with the most-recent reaching just £40m.
But Brighton insisted they would not consider doing any business for less than £50m.
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And earlier this week Chelsea hijacked the deal following a push from Thomas Tuchel and new owner Todd Boehly.
Cucurella is now set to become Chelsea’s third signing in as many days after goalie Gabriel Slonina and midfielder Carney Chukwuemeka.
The Blues already splashed out on forward Raheem Sterling and defender Kalidou Koulibaly earlier this summer.
And there was more good news on Thursday as legendary captain Cesar Azpilicueta rejected Barcelona to sign a new two-year deal.
Chelsea’s transfer business could continue with a mammoth £80m move for Leicester’s Wesley Fofana.
They also hope to prise Manchester United target Frenkie de Jong from Barca.
Meanwhile, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Memphis Depay continue to be linked with Chelsea after slipping down the pecking order at the Nou Camp.
RB Salzburg striker Benjamin Sesko and Inter Milan wing-back Denzel Dumfries are also being rumoured to be on the Blues’ wish-list.