Later News Jul 21

Brighton refuse to get lowballed by Manchester City for Cucurella


Knowing full well that Manchester City are bankrolled by someone who has enough money to buy more than 100 Kylian Mbappes, Brighton & Hove Albion have understandably refused to sell Marc Cucurella to the Citizens until their valuation is met.

 

That valuation is expected to be around £50m (S$83.25m) – a figure that City fell woefully short with their £30m bid for the full-back, which Brighton’s executives probably threw into the trash with a derisory laugh.

 

WATCH: Cucurella's brilliant 2021/2022 season

 

Cucurella, 23, enjoyed an impressive campaign with Brighton last season, and is now top of Pep Guardiola’s wishlist following the departure of Oleksandr Zinchenko, who is poised to join City’s unofficial feeder club Arsenal.

 

Brighton, however, are in a position of power, given that Cucurella – who only joined the Seagulls last season – still has four years left on his contract. Moreover, Brighton must surely feel that if the Manchester outfit can spend £100m on a player like Jack Grealish, whose calves are bigger than the contribution he made to City’s English Premier League (EPL) title win last season, then they can jolly well stump up the cash for their star defender.

 

But despite having all that cash to play around with, Guardiola has threatened to walk away from the deal if Brighton continue to play hardball.

 

WATCH: Cucurella puts in the work during Brighton pre-season training

 

“We are trying but it doesn't mean it's going to happen,” Guardiola said. “If it doesn't happen we have alternatives with Joao [Cancelo], Josh [Wilson-Esbrand] is a young talent, Nathan [Ake] can play there. We will see what happens.”

 

Cucurella played 38 games for Brighton last season, where he chalked up one goal, two assists, and won FBS’ award for ‘Most Fabulous Hair’ in the EPL.

 

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