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Brighton reject £30m Marc Cucurella offer from Manchester City

Brighton & Hove Albion have turned down an opening £30million offer from Manchester City for the services of Marc Cucurella, according to The Guardian.

Per the report, an asking price of £50m has been set for Cucurella off the back of an impressive campaign last time out which saw him pick up the Brighton Player of the Year and Players’ Player of Year awards.

Having recently sold Oleksandr Zinchenko to Arsenal, City are looking to acquire a new left-sided full-back ahead of the start of the 2022/23 campaign next month.

Cucurella has hit the ground running for Graham Potter’s men since joining last year and unsurprisingly, the reigning English champions have now registered an interest in him.

Of all the defenders in the Premier League, only Trent Alexander-Arnold created more chances from open play than Cucurella last time out which highlights his impressive attacking prowess.

While the 23-year-old is reportedly keen on a switch to Pep Guardiola’s men this summer, there is a chance that City could walk away from a potential deal if Brighton refuse to lower their valuation of the ex-Getafe man who still has four years left on his current deal at the AMEX Stadium.

Speaking after the 2-1 victory over Club America earlier today, Guardiola did confirm that his side were in negotiations over a deal for Cucurella although he did hint at a couple of in-house alternatives should a move fail to materialise.

“If it doesn’t happen we have alternatives,” the Spanish tactician was quoted saying by Jack Gaughan.

“Cancelo, Wilson-Esbrand is a young talent, Ake can play there.”

Nonetheless, City are expected to continue talks with Brighton as they conclude their pre-season tour in the United States with a clash against Bayern Munich this Sunday before taking on Liverpool in the Community Shield on July 30.

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