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LOSING your best player might not be a source of celebration - but for Brighton it's a tale of pride and progress.

Marc Cucurella's £62million fee, added to last summer's £50m for Ben White, eclipse the £93m paid for the Amex Stadium.

3Brighton have made a £45m profit on Marc Cucurella, 13 months after buying him from his home-country club GetafeCredit: Getty 3Arsenal eventually paid £50m for Ben White last summer after Brighton held firm over their valuation for the centre-backCredit: Getty

How many clubs can boast such a one-for-the-price-of-two achievement?

The Seagulls' long-awaited switch to the Amex in 2011 inspired their rise up the leagues.

And they go to Manchester United for the season-opener on Sunday as an established Premier League club, coming ninth under Graham Potter last season.

Chelsea beat off Manchester City to recruit Spanish left-back Cucurella, 24, with a six-year contract on Friday.

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And Potter insists he was under no financial pressure to sell, despite amassing £150m in fees over the past year.

England ace White joined Arsenal, while Newcastle paid £13m for fellow centre-back Dan Burn and midfielder Yves Bissouma cost Tottenham £25m.

 Cucurella's exit, though, is perhaps the most spectacular bit of business - as they only bought him form Getafe last summer for about £17m.

Potter said: “It’s part of our strategy, to allow us to continue to develop.

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“Buying players is the easy part; selling players at the right time for the right price is the difficult bit.

“Our job now is to try to improve, to try to go forward and that’s what we’re going to do.”

Potter stressed: "We didn’t want to sell him and we didn’t need to sell him.

“But you understand that if a Champions League club comes with Champions League resources and finance and the player indicates there’s a desire to do it then it’s very difficult for us.

“It’s another situation where everybody’s won in terms of the player’s got a great opportunity, the selling club have got a good fee and the buying club have got a good player, so win, win, win all around.

“Marc was a fantastic player for us, great guy, I like him a lot so I wish him well and we move forward as a group.”

3Brighton manager Graham Potter has picked up £150m in player sales over the last three transfer windowsCredit: PA

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Nice make £8.4m Ben Brereton Diaz transfer bid but short of Blackburn valuation and face fight from Premier League side

NICE have submitted an £8.4million bid for Blackburn's Ben Brereton Diaz as they try to pip a host of clubs to the forward.

The Ligue 1 side are the first to lodge a bid with Rovers, who know they may lose the Chile international this month.

2Ben Brereton has caught the eye of several clubsCredit: REX 2Ligue 1 side Nice have tabled a £8,4million bid for the Blackburn hitmanCredit: Rex

West Ham have long tracked Diaz's progress while a number of other clubs, in the Premier League and in Spain, are keen.

The Hammers' Prem rivals Everton and Leeds are also reportedly interested in signing the prolific Chilean.

Brereton Diaz has two goals in three Championship games so far this season and Rovers could hold out for up to £15million.

The 23-year-old's displays last season caught the eye of several clubs.

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Brereton Diaz found the back of the net 22 times in 39 appearances in all competitions and provided three assists.

Rovers boss Jon Dahl Tomasson isn't concerned about the interest the striker is attracting, recently saying: “It’s normal because he’s a great player.

“I’ve had this question since the first day, which I understand, because great players come and go and everyone is interested in great players.

“He needs to perform for the club, but also himself.

“It’s about grabbing your chance, being ambitious, but first of all being ambitious for the team and doing the right things.

“I have no concerns about Ben, he’s a very good boy.”

Brereton Diaz and his Blackburn team-mates will be back in action this evening, travelling to the Madjeski Stadium to take on Reading.


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