Deadline day wasn’t quite as busy as many expected at Fulham.
Indeed, the Whites went into the final day of the transfer window potentially needing four new players – a new winger, a new midfielder, a new striker and a new left-back, but, in the end, they only signed two.
Alex Iwobi arrived as a new midfield option, while Fode Ballo-Toure came in from AC Milan at the last minute.
However, according to Fabrizio Romano, the west London club almost signed another left-back in the shape of Marc Cucurella.
Speaking on his YouTube channel, Romano stated that Fulham made an approach for the Chelsea ace on deadline day, but, ultimately, the former Brighton man knocked back the move.
Fulham wanted Cucurella
Romano shared what he knows about the Spaniard.
“Chelsea received different proposals for Marc Cucurella. They tried to make something happen at the end of July and the beginning of August, with RB Leipzig, Sevilla, Atletico Madrid and Real Sociedad, but the player decided to continue with Chelsea despite these proposals. Also important to say, and this is the final part of the behind the scenes, on deadline day after the Manchester United deal collapsed, Fulham tried to approach Chelsea over a loan deal for Marc Cucurella, but on the player’s side it was a no,” Romano said.
We can’t help but think that Cucurella would’ve been a much better option than Ballo-Toure.
Yes, he’s struggled at Chelsea, but, at the end of the day, he was brilliant at Brighton and he can also play as a centre-back in a back three.
Sadly, this deal didn’t come off and Fulham had to scramble for another option, but it is interesting to hear that Tony Khan and his recruitment team did try such an audacious move.