Manchester United are set to sign Mark Cucurella as an option at left-back.
Reporter Fabricio Romano, who is familiar with European football news, said on the 30th (Korean time), “I know that Manchester United and Cucurella have agreed in principle on personal terms. The green light has been turned on. Manchester United want Cucurella, so they negotiate with other players. will not,” he reported.메이저사이트
Manchester United’s main left-back is Luke Shaw. Behind him, Tyrell Malacia plays as a rotational resource. However, a long-term absence was inevitable as Malacia suffered an injury ahead of the season. In this situation, even the show collapsed.
Manager Eric ten Haag said ahead of the match against Nottingham Forest, “Shaw will have a longer injury period than Mason Mount.” The possibility of returning after November was also raised. Correspondent James Ducker of the British ‘Telegraph’ said, “The show may be out until November. Malacia’s injury is a knee ligament injury.”
After all, Man United will have to go through the season without a left-back during that period. Therefore, during the remaining transfer window period, life and death bet on the recruitment of left-back. Including Cucurella of Chelsea, Sergio Reguilon (Tottenham Hotspur) and Marcos Alonso (Barcelona) were connected. Manchester United’s choice was Cucurella.
Cucurella, a Spanish national, made his professional debut through the 2018-19 season loan at Eibar after going through the youth of Espanyol and Barcelona. In the following season, he left for Getafe on loan, and after a complete transfer and active for one more season, he moved to Brighton in the summer of 2021 and stepped on the stage of the English Premier League (EPL).
Despite being in the first season of his transfer, he performed with full marks. Cucurella played 35 EPL games in Brighton and immediately jumped to the starting lineup, showing the best performance in the league. His speed, strong stamina, and vigorous participation in the attack, which were evaluated as his original strengths, became the main axis of the team’s attack, and his defense power also improved, and he was evaluated as a hexagonal fullback.
His performance was acknowledged by his teammates and club. Cucurella won both Brighton’s Player of the Year and Club Player of the Year for the 2021-22 season and became Brighton’s actual ace. His remarkable performances drew attention from big clubs. Chelsea, including Tottenham Hotspur, showed interest last summer. With Manchester City joining in here, fierce scouting competition unfolded.
It was originally predicted that he would wear a Manchester City uniform. However, Manchester City pulled out of him, judging that the transfer fee was high. And Chelsea paid attention. Negotiations proceeded quickly, and eventually Cucurella’s next destination was Chelsea.
Coincidentally, after transferring to Chelsea, I took the opportunity right away. This is because positional competitor Ben Chilwell was sidelined early in the season due to a cruciate ligament rupture. Cucurella immediately became the starting lineup and took charge of Chelsea’s defense. He played the role of left-back as well as left stopper in the 3-back tactic.
However, after the transfer to Chelsea, the shortcomings were clearly revealed. Since he is not a professional center back, he showed dissatisfaction with his defensive ability and physicality, and his offensive power was also disappointing in the left back position. In the end, under coach Mauricio Pochettino this season, he was thoroughly pushed out of the starting competition. Pochettino mainly uses a 3-4-3 formation. In the existing left-side stopper seat, Levy Colwill is showing outstanding performance, and in the leftback, Chilwell has jumped back to the starting lineup.
Manchester United reached out to Cucurella, who was pushed back from the competition for the starting lineup. With the personal agreement completed, the lease transfer is expected to be concluded soon.