Brighton’s Marc Cucurella is attempting to force through his move to Manchester City by handing in a transfer request.
The left-back has made his intention to join the Premier League champions clear despite negotiations between the two clubs hitting a roadblock.
Fabrizio Romano, who reported Cucurella’s transfer request, notes there is a ‘big gap’ between the clubs in valuation of the Spaniard as Brighton won’t budge from their £50 million demands.
City’s best offer thus far is believed to be around £30 million and Brighton have offered Cucurella a new contract in the hopes he’ll remain at the Amex Stadium.
Those hopes appear to have gone out the window with the 24-year-old’s transfer request. There’s no indication that Brighton will accept the player’s request at this time.
Should the clubs fail to come to a compromise, the Citizens are considering Benfica’s Alex Grimaldo and Stuttgart’s Borna Sosa as alternative left-back recruits.
Joao Cancelo is currently the only player in the City squad who can slot in at left-back following the sale of Oleksandr Zinchenko to Arsenal and Benjamin Mendy’s ongoing legal proceedings.
Aymeric Laporte can also do a job at left-back, but City know they need to find a natural option and that has become a priority for the club.
Cucurella seems to fit the mould. He’s a Barcelona academy graduate who shone in his debut season in the Premier League last year.
He who won an Olympic silver medal with Spain last year and continuously impressed with his dogged defending complimenting his enthusiasm to get forward and create.
He scored his first and thus far only goal for the Seagulls in May’s 4-0 win over Manchester United.
City get their season underway on Saturday when they take on Liverpool in FA Community Shield, but they have until 11pm on September 1 until the transfer window slams shut.