Manchester City will make an improved offer for Marc Cucurella after Brighton rejected their initial £30m bid… but the Seagulls’ £50m valuation is well above what the champions are willing to pay
- Manchester City are looking to sign a replacement of Oleksandr Zinchenko
- Marc Cucurella had a superb debut season for Brighton in the Premier League
- The champions have identified the Spanish left-back as the ideal replacement
Manchester City will make an improved offer for Brighton full-back Marc Cucurella after their £30million bid was rejected.
However, Brighton want over £50m for the 23-year-old which is well above City’s valuation.
Pep Guardiola has confirmed negotiations but says City have other options if a fee can’t be agreed. Cucurella is keen on the move.
Manchester City have come back to Brighton with another bid after their initial offer was turned down by the Seagulls
City having other targets means they will walk away should Brighton not lower their valuation of the Spain international.
As such, it is a transfer that very well could rumble on until the last days of the window, with Brighton harbouring no need to sell their star defender who they signed from Getafe for only £15m last summer.
The two clubs entered negotiations after Oleksandr Zinchenko’s £32m to Arsenal was done, with the Ukrainian departing City after six years.
Brighton are in no rush to part ways with their star defender – who is valued at £50m
Cucurella would likely fit in seamlessly to Guardiola’s City team, with the Spanish fullback adept with the ball at his feet and able to get forward and provide assistance in the final third.
Brighton’s improved defensive displays last season also showed him to be a capable defender.
The signing of a left-back has become something of a priority for City this summer, with the club now only possessing one player who is able to play in that position in Joao Cancelo.
Being right-footed, however, it is not Cancelo’s preferred position and it seems as though City now want a specialist for that role.
City will look to bolster their options ahead of the fast-approaching season, with the club having already offloaded Raheem Sterling, Gabriel Jesus and Zinchenko. They have already brought in Kalvin Phillips, Erling Haaland, Julian Alvarez and Ortega Moreno.
Talks between the clubs began after Arsenal secured the signing of Oleksandr Zinchenko
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