Manchester City are close to walking away from a possible deal for Marc Cucurella after Brighton & Hove Albion indicated they’d not entertain any supply underneath £50million, The Athletic understands.
City are believed to be prepared to pay up to £40 million for the 24-year-old left-back.
The Manchester membership had beforehand made a suggestion of £30 million, days after promoting Oleksandr Zinchenko to Arsenal for the same worth.
Brighton rejected that bid out of hand, and are believed to be holding out for a deal equal to the sum fetched for Ben White final summer time.
Cucurella is known to have held talks with Graham Potter and the Brighton board, throughout which he expressed his need to be part of the reigning Premier League champions. Personal phrases shouldn’t show an issue in any potential deal.
However, £40 million is believed, as issues stand, to be City’s upper-limit for the deal.
Conversations are anticipated to proceed within the coming days, nonetheless, with the golf equipment far away from an settlement, City might transfer on to exploring different choices for the left-back position.
City have spent large on full-backs previously, investing £105million on Kyle Walker and Joao Cancelo, however there’s a feeling that it is a totally different case as Cucurella doesn’t but have the identical kind of top-flight expertise or worldwide file.
Brighton price Cucurella as one among their greatest gamers and are usually not in a rush to promote the Spaniard, though proprietor Tony Bloom mentioned not too long ago that the membership wouldn’t essentially stand in his manner ought to they obtain an appropriate supply. They are understood to have recognized since May that City would goal the defender.
The 24-year-old performed 38 video games in a powerful first season at Brighton, registering one objective and two assists.
Cucurella is just one yr right into a five-year deal signed after he joined from Getafe for £15 million final summer time — although The Athletic reported earlier this month that the membership was attempting to negotiate improved phrases on a brand new contract.
City start their season on July 30, after they play Liverpool within the Community Shield, earlier than they face West Ham United of their opening Premier League sport on August 7.
They have already signed three gamers this window — Erling Haaland, Kalvin Phillips, and Stefan Ortega, for a mixed sum of close to £100 million.
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