Brighton defender Marc Cucurella has submitted a transfer request in a bid to land a move to Manchester City.
Sky Sports News understands the development hasn’t changed Brighton’s stance on staying firm in their assessment for the 24-year-old.
The Seagulls have rejected a £30m offer for the full-back from reigning Premier League champions City and value the Spaniard at £50m.
Cucurella enjoyed a hugely successful debut Premier League season after joining Getafe in a deal worth around £15m last summer and was named Brighton’s Player of the Season.
Brighton are unwilling to let Cucurella go and they would need a huge offer to sell as he has four years left on his Amex contract. However, the left-back has now pushed for a move as he asks to be sold.
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has announced his interest in signing a left-back but declined to be coached in the latest update on Cucurella’s future.
“If possible, yes [we want to sign a left-back]”, Guardiola said at a press conference ahead of City’s Community Shield game against Liverpool on Saturday.
“But otherwise, we stay. Joao [Cancelo] can play it. Josh [Wilson-Esbrand] and Nathan [Ake, too]. I never complain about the team I have since the first season. What the club can do is for the benefit of the club, not me.”
Asked about Cucurella in particular, Guardiola said: “He’s a Brighton player, I can’t say anything else.”
The City manager has also announced that defender Aymeric Laporte will be out until September after undergoing knee surgery.
Potter: Unless the clubs agree, there’s nothing to say
Brighton manager Graham Potter said Sky Sports News this week that while he respects the idea that players like Cucurella have career ambitions and families to think about, a move for his left-back isn’t worth discussing until the two clubs can agree. agree on fees.
“You can talk and respond to media suggestions as much as you want, but until there is something where the clubs and the player agree there is nothing to say,” said Potter. Sky Sports News.
“Guys know it’s part of life and the noise around football, certainly at this level. You can only control what you can control. It’s part of life and it’s as simple as that.
“They are human beings, as long as the window is open, possibilities can happen. It’s for all players, you have to respect that they have families, careers, ambitions and things like that. .
“At the same time, you know it’s part of the game and something they have to deal with. We just have to focus on the next training session and the next game. That’s the only thing they can do. .”
Carra: Left-back the problematic position under Pep
Jamie Carragher says Man City lacked a “remarkable” left-back during Guardiola’s tenure but Cucurella would provide healthy competition if he moved to the Etihad.
Talk to Sky Sports Newsthe former Liverpool defender said: “I think Man City have always – really since Pep been here – lacked an exceptional left-back. It was always the position where they had different players at times different.
“You never really know who’s playing there every week, where you know it’s Kyle Walker playing at right-back. [Joao] Cancelo went in there and was as good as anyone, but I’m sure Pep would love a left foot there.
“Zinchenko has moved to Arsenal, so when you ask ‘is he worth it’, Man City normally spend £40-50m on full-backs. They have notoriously done so since arrival from Pep and love any transfer and what you pay – if you play Well you think it’s worth it.
“He looks like a classy operator when you see him in a Brighton shirt. He plays a similar type of football to Manchester City in possession, so I’m sure he’ll be a good signing.
“That’s something Man City maybe need now with Zinchenko moving on and having a bit more competition for Cancelo who can then provide competition on the other side for Walker.”
Man City schedule: West Ham visit live on Sky Sports
Manchester City kick off their Premier League title defense with a visit to West Ham on Sunday August 7, with the game live on Sky Sports.
The first Manchester derby of the season will take place at the Etihad on October 1, before City travel to title rivals Liverpool on October 15.
The champions’ final game before the season takes a break for the Winter World Cup is at home to Brentford on November 12 and when the campaign resumes they will face Leeds at Elland Road on Boxing Day.
City have a rocky start to 2023 with back-to-back awkward clashes at Chelsea and Manchester United on January 2 and January 14 respectively.
As the campaign draws to a close, Pep Guardiola’s side have their return fixture with Liverpool at the Etihad on April 1, then host Chelsea on May 20, before concluding at Brentford on May 28.
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