Graham Potter hails ‘improbable participant, nice man’ Marc Cucurella after full-back completes £62m transfer to Chelsea – and lauds Brighton’s switch technique that is raked in £150MILLION in a 12 months
- Marc Cucurella accomplished his £62m transfer to Chelsea on the eve of latest season
- Brighton have grabbed £150m for Cucurella, Ben White and Yves Bissouma
- Seagulls boss Graham Potter says cash constituted of offers exhibits membership’s work
Graham Potter believes Marc Cucurella’s club-record £62million departure to Chelsea exhibits Brighton have a recruitment course of to be happy with.
Albion had been reluctant to lose the defender however managed to barter a revenue of just about £45m on a participant bought from Spanish aspect Getafe lower than 12 months in the past.
The Seagulls have now obtained round £150m in switch charges through the previous 12 months following the gross sales of Ben White to Arsenal, Dan Burn to Newcastle and Yves Bissouma to Tottenham.
Graham Potter hails ‘nice man’ Marc Cucurella following his profitable transfer to Chelsea
‘It’s a part of our technique, to permit us to proceed to develop,’ stated head coach Potter, who guided the south-coast membership to a maiden top-half Premier League end final time period.
‘Buying gamers is the straightforward half; promoting gamers on the proper time for the fitting worth is the troublesome bit.
‘And the final three home windows it is round £150m price of participant gross sales we have made which isn’t any small feat, one thing to be happy with from a recruitment perspective, from a growth perspective.
‘Credit to the gamers as a result of finally it is them that play the sport and get themselves in that place.
‘Our job now’s to attempt to enhance, to attempt to go ahead and that is what we will do.’
Former Barcelona youth participant Cucurella was topped Brighton’s participant of the 12 months following a formidable maiden season in English soccer and was closely linked with champions Manchester City earlier than switching to Stamford Bridge.
While profitable, the 24-year-old’s exit simply two days earlier than Albion begin the brand new season at Manchester United is much from perfect.
The Spaniard was an instantaneous hit profitable Brighton’s Player of the Season within the 21/22 marketing campaign
The Seagulls have managed to melt his unwelcome sale by bringing Chelsea’s England Under-21 defender Levi Colwill within the different course on a season-long mortgage.
Potter insisted switch talks concerning Cucurella haven’t been a distraction forward of taking up Erik ten Hag’s new-look United aspect and feels the ultimate deal is helpful for all events.
‘We did not need to promote him and we did not have to promote him,’ stated Potter.
‘But, on the identical time, you perceive that if a Champions League membership comes with Champions League sources and finance and the participant signifies there is a want to do it then it’s extremely troublesome for us.
Potter is gloomy to lose a participant of Cucurella’s high quality however is pleased with Brighton’s enterprise
‘Then we’ve to verify we get the fitting payment, I believe the fitting payment has been received.
‘It’s one other scenario the place all people’s gained when it comes to the participant’s received an awesome alternative, the promoting membership have gotten a great payment and the shopping for membership have gotten a great participant, so win, win, win throughout.
‘Marc was a improbable participant for us, nice man, I like him so much so I want him properly and we transfer ahead as a bunch.’
Colwill, who helped Huddersfield attain the Sky Bet Championship play-offs final season, may very well be concerned within the Seagulls’ opener at Old Trafford.
‘He’s a younger participant with some very nice attributes, big potential,’ Potter stated of the 19-year-old.
‘He provides high quality, he had a great mortgage final 12 months at Huddersfield and he provides good competitors for locations.
‘Obviously we have misplaced a left-sided defender so he is available in and provides assist in that space.’