Brighton defender Marc Cucurella has handed in a transfer request as he looks to push through his transfer to Manchester City. The development has not changed Brighton’s valuation of the player. They rejected £30m from the Premier League champions as they value Cucurella at £50m. The Spaniard joined Brighton from Getafe for £15m last summer and was voted as their Player of the season.
“If possible, yes [we want to sign a left-back]. But if not, we stay. Joao [Cancelo] can play there. Josh [Wilson-Esbrand] and Nathan [Ake, too]. I never complain about the squad I have had since the first season. What the club can do is a benefit the club, not me,” Manchester City head coach Pep Guardiola said about Brighton left-back Marc Cucurella. “He’s a Brighton player, I cannot say anything else.”
“You can talk and respond all you want to media suggestions but until there is something where the clubs and the player agree, there is nothing to say,” Brighton head coach Graham Potter said. “The guys know that it’s part of life and the noise around football, certainly at this level. You can control only what you can control. It’s part of life and it’s as simple as that. They’re human beings, while the window is open, the possibilities can happen. That’s for all the players, you have to respect that they have families, careers, ambitions, and things like that.”
“I think Man City have always – really since Pep’s been there – lacked a real outstanding left-back. It was always the position where they’ve had sort of different players at different times,” Jamie Carragher said. “You’re never quite sure who plays there every week, where you know it’s Kyle Walker playing right-back. [Joao] Cancelo’s gone in there and been as good as anyone really but I’m sure Pep would like a left-footer there.”