Brighton defender Marc Cucurella has filed a transfer request in an effort to get Manchester City through.
Sky Sports News understands that the development hasn’t changed Brighton’s stance on holding their valuation for the 24-year-old.
The Seagulls have turned down an offer of £ 30m for the full-back from the Premier League City champions and value the Spaniard at £ 50m.
Cucurella enjoyed a hugely successful Premier League first season after arriving from Getafe with a deal worth around £ 15 million last summer and was named Brighton’s player of the season.
Brighton does not want to let Cucurella leave and it would take a huge offer to sell them as he has four years remaining on his contract with Amex. However, the left-back has now pushed for a move and asked to be traded.
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has announced interest in signing a left-back but has declined to be involved 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 the City’s Community Shield game against Liverpool on Saturday.
“But if not, we’ll stay. Joao [Cancelo] can play there. Josh [Wilson-Esbrand] and Nathan [Ake, too]. I never complain about the squad I have had since the first season. What the club can do is an advantage for the club, not for me. “
When asked about Cucurella in particular, Guardiola said: “He is a Brighton player, I can’t say anything else.”
The City manager 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 so Sky Sports News this week that while I respect the idea that players like Cucurella have career ambitions and families to think about, it’s not worth talking about a move for his left back until the two clubs agree on a share .
“You can talk and respond to anything you want to media suggestions, but as long as there’s something the clubs and the player agree on, there’s nothing to say,” Potter said. Sky Sports News.
“Guys know it’s part of life and the noise of football, certainly at this level. You can only control what you can control. It’s part of life and it’s that simple.
“They are human beings, as long as the window is open, the possibilities can happen. This is 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 practice and the match. That’s the only thing they can do.”
Carra: left back the problematic position under Pep
Jamie Carragher says Man City lacked an “exceptional” left-back during Guardiola’s tenure, but that Cucurella would have provided healthy competition if he moved to Etihad.
Talking with Sky Sports Newsthe former Liverpool defender said: “I think Man City – really since Pep has been there – lacked a truly outstanding left-back. It has always been the position where they have had different players at different times.
“You’re never quite sure who plays there every week, where you know it’s Kyle Walker playing right back. [Joao] Cancelo went there and was as good as anyone else, but I’m sure Pep would like a left.
“Zinchenko has moved on to Arsenal, so when you ask ‘is it worth it’ Man City normally spends £ 40-50m on full backs. They have famously done so since Pep joined and like any transfer and what you pay – if you play well, you think it’s worth it.
“He looks like a class operator when you see him in the Brighton shirt. He plays a kind of football similar to Manchester City in ball possession, so I’m sure he’ll be a good buy.
“It’s something Man City may need now with Zinchenko moving forward and having a little more competition for Cancelo, who can then provide competition on the other side for Walker.”
Man City Matches: Visit West Ham Live on Sky Sports
Manchester City kicked off their Premier League title defense with a visit to West Ham on Sunday 7 August, with the match live on Sky Sports.
Manchester’s first derby of the season is at Etihad on 1 October, before City travels to title rival Liverpool on 15 October.
The champions’ last game before the season takes a break for the Winter World Cup is at home to Brentford on 12 November and when the campaign resumes, they face Leeds at Elland Road on Boxing Day.
City have a rough start to 2023 with head-to-head clashes against Chelsea and Manchester United on January 2 and 14, respectively.
As the campaign draws to a close, Pep Guardiola’s side have their return match with Liverpool, at Etihad, on April 1 and then host Chelsea on May 20, before concluding in Brentford on May 28.
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