MAN CITY TARGET MARC CUCURELLA HAS HANDED IN A TRANSFER REQUEST
According to Fabrizio Romano, Marc Cucurella has submitted a transfer request to push for a move to Manchester City. The Spanish left-back may have taken this decision amid concerns that the Citizens could walk away from the deal, citing Brighton & Hove Albion’s huge asking price. Manchester City could end their pursuit of top defensive target Marc Cucurella if they fail to agree on the final transfer fee. Brighton & Hove Albion want around £50 million, but the Premier League champions are only willing to go up to the £40 million mark.
Brighton’s Marc Cucurella remains his preferred target, considering the profile of the Spaniard fits perfectly with Manchester City’s requirement. The versatile defender is equally capable of playing as a left-back or a left centre-back, but his price tag has come to bother the Premier League champions. Brighton want to get the best value for their star defender and benchmarked Ben White’s £50 million move to Arsenal last summer. The Seagulls are demanding a similar fee for Cucurella from Manchester City, who are not open to paying an exorbitant fee.
Manchester City have already had a £30 million bid rejected recently for Cucurella. They are looking at the Spanish international to replace Oleksandr Zinchenko, who joined Arsenal for a similar fee. However, the Citizens are reportedly willing to go up and as far as £40 million, which is still considerably short of Brighton’s valuation.
Cucurella has now handed in a transfer request to force a move to Manchester City. The Spanish defender is keen on joining Pep Guardiola’s side and has held talks with manager Graham Potter and the Brighton board to find a solution.