Brighton’s Mark Cucurella submits his transfer request after Man City’s £30m offer was rejected | football news

Brighton defender Mark Cucurella has submitted a transfer request in a bid to push the move to Manchester City.

Sky Sports News He understands that the development hasn’t changed Brighton’s stance on holding steady in their assessment of the 24-year-old.

The Seagulls have rejected a £30m bid for the Premier League champions City’s centre-back, estimating the Spaniard at £50m.

Cucurella enjoyed a very successful first season in the Premier League after joining from Getafe in a deal worth around £15m last summer and was named Brighton Player of the Year.

Brighton doesn’t want to let Cucurella leave and it will take a huge offer for them to sell as he has four years left on his Amex contract. However, he has now pushed the left-back to move with his sell order.

How does Cucurella compare to other City players
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How does Cucurella compare to other City players

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has announced his interest in the left-back but has refused to get involved in the latest update on Cucurella’s future.

“If possible, yes [we want to sign a left-back]Guardiola said in a press conference before the City Shield match against Liverpool on Saturday.

“But if not, we stay. Joao [Cancelo] can play there. josh [Wilson-Esbrand] and Nathan [Ake, too]. I’ve never complained about the squad I’ve had since season one. What the club can do is to benefit the club, not me.”

When asked about Cucurella specifically, Guardiola said: “He’s 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

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While discussing transfer rumors of Neil Maupai and Mark Cucurella, Graham Potter said that until players and clubs agree on transfer terms, it’s just speculation.

Brighton Director Graham Potter said: Sky Sports News This week, while he respects the idea that players like Cucurella have career ambitions and families to think about, his left-back’s move isn’t worth talking about until the two clubs agree a fee.

“You can speak and respond to whatever media suggestions you want, but until there is something the clubs and the player agree on, there is nothing to be said,” Potter said. Sky Sports News.

“Guys know it’s part of life and the noise around football, certainly at that level. You can only control what you can control. It’s part of life and it’s that simple.

“They are human beings, and while the window is open, possibilities can happen. That’s 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 training session and the next match. That’s the only thing they can do.”

Kara: Left-back position problem under Pep

Jamie Carragher says that Manchester City lacked a “superior” left-back during Guardiola’s tenure but Cucurella would provide a healthy competition should he move to the Etihad.

Talking to Sky Sports NewsThe former Liverpool defender said: “I think Man City has always – really since Pep was there – lacking a real, great left-back. It has always been the place where they have had different players at different times.

“I’m not quite sure who plays there every week, as you know he plays Kyle Walker at right-back. [Joao] Cancelo went there and was as good as everyone else really, but I’m sure Pep would want to have a left in there.

Guardiola spent more than 225 million pounds on the full-back
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Guardiola spent more than 225 million pounds on the full-back

“Zinchenko moved to Arsenal, so when you ask ‘is it worth it’, Manchester City usually spend £40-50m on a full-back. They’ve done it poorly since Pep came in and like any transfer and what you pay – if you play well you think it’s Deserves it.

“He looks like a style factor when you see him wearing a Brighton shirt. He plays a similar type of football that Manchester City have, so I’m sure it would be a good deal.

“It’s something Man City probably need now with Zinchenko going and they have a little bit more competition with Cancelo, who can then provide competition on the other side to Walker.”

Cucurella was among the best performing artists in Brighton
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Cucurella was among the best performing artists in Brighton

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Manchester City’s Premier League title defense will begin with a visit to West Ham on Sunday 7 August, with the match broadcast on Sky Sports.

The first Manchester derby of the season takes place at the Etihad Stadium on October 1, before City travel to title rivals Liverpool on October 15.

The Champions’ final before the Winter World Cup break will be at home on November 12 at home to Brentford, and when the campaign resumes, they will face Leeds at Island Road on Boxing Day.

City have a tough start to 2023 with back-to-back matches against Chelsea and Manchester United on January 2 and 14 respectively.

With the end of the season approaching, Pep Guardiola’s side will hold their rematch with Liverpool, at the Etihad, on April 1 and then host Chelsea on May 20, before concluding in Brentford on May 28.

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