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Bad news for Pep Guardiola as Man City have ‘talks ended’ over signing 24 y/o

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Manchester City have been dealt a major blow in their pursuit of Marc Cucurella, with Andy Naylor of The Athletic revealing that Brighton & Hove Albion have ‘ended talks’ over a deal.

The Seagulls have been holding out for £50m while City wouldn’t go above £40m for Cucurella, so Albion have opted out of discussions and are preparing to start the season with the Spanish international available for selection.

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Cucurella is keen to join City, having recently handed in a transfer request to push through a move, but Brighton aren’t budging. They paid £15m for the 24-year-old last summer and could more than triple their money after one year.

Pep Guardiola is believed to be a big fan of Cucurella and regards him as the perfect player for his system, but City have fumbled the bag. Brighton have the Spaniard tied down until 2026, so they have no obligation to cash in early for less money.

City will have to up their offer to stand a chance of signing Cucurella, or they can turn their attention to another left-back. Selling Oleksandr Zinchenko without having his replacement lined up hasn’t panned out well.

In other news, Riyad Mahrez underperformed v Liverpool

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2 comments

  • Greenjob says:

    Crippy your a bit behind the curve mate. This old news (well at least 15 hours old). I still hope that City go back in and pay the fee, we sure do need a LB and Cucu fits the bill. Get it done Tikki ASAP.

  • JohnHo says:

    Leave him at Brighton – just like Harry Kane – if he’s silly enough to sign a long-term contract with a ‘non-top-six’ club then leave him to deal with the consequences whilst Txiki spends energy, effort and money in getting someone to us who can do just as good (if not better with Pep’s tuition and guidance!)

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