60 million euros. That is the figure demanded by Brighton & Hove Alvion to Manchester City for Marc Cucurella and that is the amount that, according to the Daily Mail, Chelsea has agreed to pay for the Spanish player. A figure to which City has refused to reach for weeks, which seems to move the club away from one of its priority targets this market. The same media reports that the ‘Cityzens’ would be considering to get Borna Sosa, from Stuttgart, or Alex Grimaldo, from Benfica, for the left back.
Meanwhile, Chelsea had taken advantage of the gap in negotiations between Brighton and City to take an interest in Cucurella, who would serve as a replacement if Marcos Alonso finally takes the exit route.
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Cucurella, moreover, still intends to leave, and at the end of last week handed Brighton the 'transfer request', a formal request to leave the club. It is therefore not surprising that against Espanyol, in the last friendly of the Seagulls this preseason, the Spanish defender was absent.
The truth is that after the sale of Oleksandr Zinchenko, Joao Cancelo has been left as the only specialist in the position at City, who believed to find in Cucurella the missing piece. However, the market days have advanced and Brighton have not lowered their demands, so the Etihad Stadium team weighs two other alternatives.
Other options for Guardiola
The first is Sosa, a full-back who has excelled in the Bundesliga and who would cost no more than 30 million euros. An incentive for City, which also has on the magnifying glass to another player raised in the Masia, Grimaldo. The Valencian defender played 48 games for Benfica last season, with six goals as the main argument, and it is not the first time that he has been approached by a top team.