Man City target Marc Cucurella hands in a transfer request as wantaway Brighton defender desperately tries to force through a move – but there is still a ‘big gap’ in valuation between the clubs as Seagulls demand £50m to sell
- With transfer talks stalling, Marc Cucurella has handed in a transfer request
- Man City and Brighton are around £20million apart in valuation of the left-back
- The Seagulls want £50m for the man they only signed last summer for £15m
- Talks between the two clubs are ‘ongoing’ but are also ‘difficult’ at this stage
Brighton defender Marc Cucurella has handed in a transfer request amid interest in him from Manchester City.
Left-back Cucurella is understood to have stepped up his attempts to secure a move to the Etihad by confirming his desire to quit the Amex.
Cucurella was identified as City’s leading target for the left-back position and they have intensified their efforts to sign him after selling Oleksandr Zinchenko to Arsenal.
Brighton’s Marc Cucurella has handed in a transfer request amid interest from Man City
Champions City have made an offer for Spaniard Cucurella, thought to be worth more than £30million, and are believed to be willing to go up to £40m.
However, Brighton have no desire or need to sell and have put a £50m price tag on the 24 year-old, a figure City consider too high.
The champions have identified alternative targets including Stuttgart’s Borna Sosa and Benfica’s Alex Grimaldo and are ready to move on if a compromise cannot be struck.
Cucurella joined Brighton last summer from Getafe for around £15m, signing a five-year deal, and was a major success in his debut season in the Premier League.
Cucurella was named Brighton’s player of the season and quickly became a fan’s favourite
He made 35 appearances, quickly became a fans’ favourite and was named both Brighton’s player of the season and players’ player of the season.
With City keen on a left-back, Guardiola also knows Aymeric Laporte can do a job in the role, but the club know they need to find a natural option and that has become a priority for the club.
Cucurella seems to fit the mould. He’s a Barcelona academy graduate who shone in his debut season in the Premier League last year.
Graham Potter (left) is going to make Pep Guardiola (right) pay the price for one of his star men
He also won an Olympic silver medal with Spain last year and continuously impressed with his dogged defending complimenting his enthusiasm to get forward and create.
He scored his first and thus far only goal for the Seagulls in May’s 4-0 win over Manchester United.
City get their season underway on Saturday when they take on Liverpool in FA Community Shield, but they have until 11pm on September 1 until the transfer window slams shut.