After what initially looked to be an imminent transfer for Man City, the Cityzens could abandon their pursuit for Brighton left-back, Marc Cucurella. The Spaniard has since been on Guardiola’s radar and has also been keen on working with the coach too.
Personal terms between the player and Manchester City were concluded a long time ago, making the agreement of a fee the only hurdle left to overcome. The English champions seem to be unwilling to do so as Brighton have set their demands rather too high.
Manchester City value Cucurella at £40m maximum, but the Seagulls are said not to entertain any offer below £50m. The belief is that the English giants could walk away from such outrageous price and go for a cheaper option.
Man City may now shift their target overseas towards Benfica’s Spanish defender Alex Grimaldo, 26, and Stuttgart’s Croatian Borna Sosa, 24. Sosa had an incredible performance for Stuttgart last season, scoring once and assisting 8 times in 28 appearances for the club. These statistics are higher than
Cucurella’s who had just two direct goal involvements in 35 appearances for Brighton.
However, satements from Fabrizio Romano have suggested that City’s pursuit for Cucurella is not over yet. The player has stated his intention to join the Sky Blues and his representatives are in talks with the Brighton board to see that the transfer happens.