Manchester City had been actively pursuing Chelsea’s talented left-back, Marc Cucurella, over the past few months.
This strategic move was orchestrated by Pep Guardiola in a bid to strengthen his squad.
Cucurella’s journey in the English Premier League had been tumultuous since his transfer from Brighton to Chelsea, which cost the Blues a hefty £62 million.
Initially, his arrival in West London was met with enthusiasm, having impressed immensely during his single season with the Seagulls.
He had even earned the accolade of Brighton’s Player of the Year at the end of the season.
However, this success attracted the attention of not only Chelsea but also Manchester City, sparking a fierce bidding war that ultimately favored Chelsea, securing Cucurella’s signature.
Unfortunately, the 25-year-old didn’t experience the warmest reception from fans and was closely associated with then-manager Graham Potter, who struggled to win over the Chelsea faithful.
Cucurella’s woes deepened as he occasionally became the target of boos from disgruntled fans, particularly during an away match against West Ham last season.
The arrival of Mauricio Pochettino provided a glimmer of hope, but Ben Chilwell, Levi Colwill, and Ian Maatsen seemed to be the preferred choices ahead of him.
During the late summer transfer window, Manchester United made an offer for Cucurella, proposing a loan deal that would see him filling in for the injured Luke Shaw and Tyrell Malacia.
However, this deal fell through after Cucurella’s participation in the EFL Cup rendered him cup-tied, redirecting United’s focus towards Tottenham’s Sergio Reguilon.
This situation has left Chelsea facing a considerable predicament, as they currently have a high-earning and expensive first-team player relegated to a squad role.
The solution to this conundrum remains uncertain, with no clear path forward.
Notably, Fabrizio Romano disclosed that Manchester City had presented Chelsea with a loan proposal for Cucurella in January, accompanied by an optional buy clause.
Chelsea, however, declined the offer as they were intent on retaining Cucurella’s services.
As January approaches, there is still room for negotiations in the background to find a resolution that suits all parties involved.
Nevertheless, several opportunities have already been missed, and Cucurella now finds himself on the fringes of favor at Chelsea.