Brighton defender Marc Cucurella has handed in a transfer request in a bid to push by way of a transfer to Manchester City.
Sky Sports News understands the event has not modified Brighton’s stance on holding agency in their valuation for the 24-year-old.
The Seagulls have rejected a £30m bid for the full-back from defending Premier League champions City and worth the Spaniard at £50m.
Cucurella loved a massively profitable first Premier League season after becoming a member of from Getafe in a deal value round £15m final summer season and was named Brighton’s participant of the season.
Brighton don’t wish to let Cucurella go away and it might take an enormous offer for them to promote as he has 4 years remaining on his contract on the Amex. However, the left-back has now pushed for a transfer by asking to be offered.
Manchester City supervisor Pep Guardiola introduced curiosity in signing a left-back however refused to be drawn into the most recent replace on Cucurella’s future.
“If attainable, 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 not, we keep. Joao [Cancelo] can play there. Josh [Wilson-Esbrand] and Nathan [Ake, too]. I by no means complain concerning the squad I’ve because the first season. What the membership can do is the profit for the membership not me.”
When requested about Cucurella particularly, Guardiola stated: “He’s a Brighton participant, I can’t say the rest.”
The City supervisor additionally introduced that defender Aymeric Laporte can be out till September after present process knee surgical procedure.
Potter: Unless golf equipment agree, there’s nothing to say
Brighton supervisor Graham Potter advised Sky Sports News this week that whereas he respects the notion that gamers like Cucurella have profession ambitions and households to consider, a transfer for his left-back isn’t value speaking about till the 2 golf equipment can agree on a payment.
“You can discuss and reply all you wish to media options, however till there’s something the place the golf equipment and the gamers agree, there may be nothing to say,” Potter advised Sky Sports News.
“The guys know that it is a part of life and the noise round soccer, actually at this stage. You can management solely what you may management. It’s a part of life and it is so simple as that.
“They’re human beings, whereas the window is open, the chances can occur. That’s for all of the gamers, you need to respect that they’ve households, careers, ambitions and issues like that.
“At the identical time, you understand it is a part of the sport and one thing they must take care of. We simply must give attention to the subsequent coaching session and match. That’s the one factor they will do.”
Carra: Left-back the issue place underneath Pep
Jamie Carragher says Man City have lacked an “excellent” left-back throughout Guardiola’s time in cost, however that Cucurella would offer wholesome competitors ought to he transfer to the Etihad.
Speaking to Sky Sports Newsthe previous Liverpool defender stated: “I believe Man City have at all times – actually since Pep’s been there – lacked an actual excellent left-back. It was at all times the place the place they’ve had kind of totally different gamers at totally different instances.
“You’re by no means fairly certain who performs there each week, the place you understand it is Kyle Walker taking part in right-back. [Joao] Cancelo’s gone in there and been nearly as good as anybody actually however I’m certain Pep would really like a left-footer there.
“Zinchenko’s moved onto Arsenal so while you ask ‘is he value it’, Man City usually spend £40-50m on full-backs. They’ve executed that notoriously since Pep got here and like all transfer and what you pay – for those who play effectively you suppose he is value it.
“He appears to be like an aesthetic operator while you see him in a Brighton shirt. He performs the same kind of soccer to Manchester City in possession, so I’m certain he’ll be a very good signing.
“It’s one thing that Man City presumably wants now with Zinchenko shifting on and having a bit extra competitors for Cancelo, who can then present competitors on the opposite facet for Walker.”
Man City fixtures: West Ham go to dwell on Sky Sports
Manchester City kick off their Premier League title protection with a go to to West Ham on Sunday August 7, with the sport dwell on Sky Sports.
The first Manchester derby of the season is on the Etihad on October 1, earlier than City journey to title rivals Liverpool on October 15.
The champions’ remaining recreation earlier than the season takes a break for the winter 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 return 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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