Manchester United retain interest in Marc Cucurella, also keen on Ben Chilwell

Manchester United are still interested in signing Marc Cucurella, with Chelsea teammate Ben Chilwell also on their radar.

According to Simon Phillips in his Substack, Marc Cucurella remains the subject of interest from Manchester United. But he is not the only Chelsea defender on the Red Devils’ radar, with the Premier League club also keen on signing Ben Chilwell from the West London outfit in the summer transfer window.

Marc Cucurella and Ben Chilwell at Chelsea: A tale of frustration

Marc Cucurella and Ben Chilwell have been sub-par signings for Chelsea, considering the West London club coughed up considerable sums to secure their services. In addition, the defensive duo pocket £375,000-a-week wages at Chelsea. While they have shown flashes of brilliance, inconsistency and fitness issues have plagued them.

Chilwell has turned out 106 times thus far for Chelsea, chipping in with nine goals and 12 assists, winning the UEFA Champions League title. As for Cucurella, the Spaniard has enjoyed a resurgent run in the last few weeks, becoming a mainstay in the backline in the absence of Ben Chilwell.

However, Cucurella faces an uncertain future at Stamford Bridge heading into the summer transfer window. The Spanish full-back might not have a shortage of suitors, with recent reports linking him with Aston Villa. However, he is also the subject of interest from Manchester United, with the Red Devils also keen on Ben Chilwell.

Manchester United move on the horizon?

Manchester United’s interest in the Chelsea defensive duo is understandable. Luke Shaw remains the first-choice left-back for the club. However, the Englishman has spent most of the 2023/24 campaign on the sidelines due to recurring fitness issues. Meanwhile, Tyrell Malacia will end the season without playing a single game.

So, it is hardly surprising that Manchester United will delve into the market for a left-back in the summer transfer window. Several candidates have thus emerged on their radar, with Cucurella and Chilwell being viable targets. However, it is unclear if Chelsea will entertain offers from Manchester United for the defensive duo.

The two full-back will require heavy investment, considering their £375,000-a-week wages. In addition, Chelsea will unlikely go easy on Manchester United if last summer’s negotiations for Mason Mount’s transfer are anything to go by.

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