Marc Cucurella’s immediate future remained unclear last night – after an extraordinary evening of claim and rebuttal.

The Albion defender could yet move to Chelsea, but no deal was in place last night.

His club responded to reports to the contrary with a strongly-worded statement circulated to the media and published on their own digital platforms.

The Argus understands Albion and Chelsea remain in communication and maintain a good relationship.

Fans were left bemused, confused and amused as the Seagulls hit back strongly at reports which appeared to emanate from an initial Twitter post by Fabrizio Romano.


The Milan-based tweeter told his 10.5 million followers “full agreement” was in place between Albion and Chelsea for a deal of more than £50 million.

He gave the deal his trademark “here we go” confirmation and added the transfer was “done”.

The tweet remained pinned at the top of his Twitter page last night.

Albion’s statement followed about an hour later.

It read: "Contrary to inaccurate reports from numerous media outlets this evening, no agreement has been reached with any club to sell Marc Cucurella."

There is no indication that a possible deal to Stamford Bridge was dead – but it was not done last night.

More communication between the clubs is likely today, with Albion’s season-opener at Manchester United just three days away.