Brighton defender Marc Cucurella has passed in a switch request in a bid to push thru a transfer to Manchester City.
Sky Sports News understands the improvement has no longer modified Brighton’s stance on protecting company of their valuation for the 24-year-old.
The Seagulls have rejected a £30m bid for the full-back from protecting Premier League champions City and price the Spaniard at £50m.
Cucurella loved a massively a hit first Premier League season after becoming a member of from Getafe in a deal price round £15m final summer season and was once named Brighton’s participant of the season.
Brighton don’t need to let Cucurella depart and it might take an enormous be offering for them to promote as he has 4 years last on his contract on the Amex. However, the left-back has now driven for a transfer through asking to be bought.
Manchester City supervisor Pep Guardiola introduced passion in signing a left-back however refused to be drawn into the newest replace on Cucurella’s long term.
“If conceivable, sure [we want to sign a left-back],” stated Guardiola in a press convention earlier than City’s Community Shield recreation in opposition to Liverpool on Saturday.
“But if no longer, we keep. Joao [Cancelo] can play there. Josh [Wilson-Esbrand] and Nathan [Ake, too]. I by no means whinge concerning the squad I’ve because the first season. What the membership can do is the convenience for the membership no longer me.”
When requested about Cucurella in particular, Guardiola stated: “He’s a Brighton participant, I can’t say the rest.”
The City supervisor additionally introduced that defender Aymeric Laporte shall be out till September after present process knee surgical treatment.
Potter: Unless golf equipment agree, there is not anything to mention
Brighton supervisor Graham Potter instructed Sky Sports News this week that whilst he respects the perception that gamers like Cucurella have profession ambitions and households to consider, a transfer for his left-back isn’t price speaking about till the 2 golf equipment can agree on a charge.
“You can communicate and reply all you need to media ideas however till there’s something the place the golf equipment and the participant agree, there’s not anything to mention,” Potter instructed Sky Sports News.
“The guys know that it is a part of existence and the noise round soccer, definitely at this degree. You can regulate best what you’ll regulate. It’s a part of existence and it is so simple as that.
“They’re human beings, whilst the window is open, the probabilities can occur. That’s for the entire gamers, it’s important to admire that they have got households, careers, ambitions and such things as that.
“At the similar time, you comprehend it’s a part of the sport and one thing they have got to maintain. We simply have to concentrate on the following coaching consultation and fit. That’s the one factor they may be able to do.”
Carra: Left-back the issue place underneath Pep
Jamie Carragher says Man City have lacked an “exceptional” left-back right through Guardiola’s time in fee however that Cucurella would supply wholesome pageant will have to he transfer to the Etihad.
Speaking to Sky Sports News, the previous Liverpool defender stated: “I believe Man City have all the time – truly since Pep’s been there – lacked an actual exceptional left-back. It was once all the time the location the place they have got had kind of other gamers at other occasions.
“You’re by no means rather positive who performs there each and every week, the place you comprehend it’s Kyle Walker taking part in right-back. [Joao] Cancelo’s long gone in there and been as just right as any individual truly however I’m positive Pep would really like a left-footer there.
“Zinchenko’s moved onto Arsenal so while you ask ‘is he price it’, Man City typically spend £40-50m on full-backs. They’ve performed that notoriously since Pep got here and like several switch and what you pay – when you play neatly you assume he is price it.
“He seems to be a stylish operator while you see him in a Brighton blouse. He performs a equivalent form of soccer to Manchester City in ownership, so I’m positive he’s going to be a just right signing.
“It’s one thing that Man City perhaps want now with Zinchenko transferring on and having a little bit extra pageant for Cancelo, who can then supply pageant at the different facet for Walker.”
Manchester City kick off their Premier League identify defence with a consult with to West Ham on Sunday August 7, with the sport survive Sky Sports.
The first Manchester derby of the season is on the Etihad on October 1, earlier than City shuttle to identify competitors Liverpool on October 15.
The champions’ ultimate recreation earlier than the season takes a spoil for the wintry weather World Cup is at house to Brentford on November 12 and when the marketing campaign resumes, they face Leeds at Elland Road on Boxing Day.
City have a tricky begin to 2023 with tricky-looking back-to-back clashes at Chelsea and Manchester United on January 2 and 14 respectively.
As the marketing campaign attracts to a detailed, Pep Guardiola’s facet have their go back assembly with Liverpool, on the Etihad, on April 1 after which host Chelsea on May 20, earlier than concluding at Brentford on May 28.
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