Brighton has rejected Manchester City’s £30million opening offer for Marc Cucurella. City are looking to sign a left-back after agreeing to sell Oleksandr Zinchenko to Arsenal, but Brighton has set an asking price of £50million for Cucurella.
The Spaniard has made a huge impact since joining Graham Potter last year for £15.4 million from Getafe. The player, who turns 24 on Friday, has quickly adapted to English football and City have made him one of their top targets.
Cucurella is known to be interested in joining the champions and there is a feeling the deal is going through. However, City are hoping to pay less than £50million and there is a chance they could walk away if Brighton stick to their appreciation for a player four years under his contract. Brighton sees Cucurella as one of their greatest assets and would like to keep it.
Pep Guardiola considers Barcelona’s youth product to be of paramount importance. Cucurella, who has also been heavily scouted by Chelsea, is strong defensively and proficient in possession. He fits the profile of a modern full-back and a contract with him would close the only notable gap in City’s roster.
The left-back was a problem position for Guardiola last season. Zinchenko was used there despite wanting to play central midfield and João Cancelo also impressed in the role despite being right footed.
With Zinchenko on the brink of moving to Arsenal, Cancelo will be the only senior left-back available to City. Guardiola has suggested the versatile Nathan Ake could fill in on the left following City’s decision not to sell the centre-back to Chelsea, and he has also spoken of 19-year-old academy prospect Josh Wilson-Esbrand but buying Cucurella would be the ideal solution.