Marc Cucurella has been heavily linked with a move away from Chelsea in recent months.
Chelsea star Marc Cucurella almost joined Manchester United on a loan deal in the final stages of the transfer window. However, the deal collapsed as United failed to sign a replacement for Luke Shaw, who’s set to miss almost the entire first half of the season with injury.
A new report from Fabrizio Romano has revealed the details behind United’s unsuccessful attempt to sign Cucurella.
The Sky Sports journalist claims the two clubs were close to reaching a total agreement over Cucurella’s loan for a £3m fee. However, a number of issues came up during the negotiations for the 25-year-old.
“One of the problems was about the break clause because Chelsea and [the] player’s side both rejected the break clause for the loan deal,” Romano said on his YouTube channel.
“Also, Man Utd were not happy with Chelsea playing Marc Cucurella in [the] Carabao Cup game. Why? Because due to the rules, Cucurella was not allowed to play in [the] Carabao Cup anymore with Man Utd in case he was going to join United from Chelsea and this is something that made United not so happy because they wanted to use their new left-back also in the Carabao Cup.”
Which other clubs wanted Cucurella?
In addition to United, Cucurella reportedly received offers from Atlético Madrid, Leipzig, Real Sociedad, and Sevilla. The Spanish defender and Chelsea rejected all of the bids.
Interest in signing Cucurella, however, had already started during the January transfer window. According to Romano, Manchester City approached Chelsea with an offer for the defender last winter, which was turned down by the club.