Man City step up their interest in Brighton defender Marc Cucurella

Manchester City step up their pursuit of Brighton defender Marc Cucurella but won’t be held to ransom over the deal as club ‘show interest’ in Bundesliga star to fill Oleksandr Zinchenko void

  • Manchester City are still keen on a swoop for Brighton defender Marc Cucurella
  • City and Brighton are still arpound £15m apart in their valuations of the Spaniard
  • Cucurella is keen on a switch to the Etihad but Brighton have no plans to sell him
  • City have targeted a Bundesliga star if there is no breakthrough with Brighton

Manchester City are still plotting a swoop for Brighton defender Marc Cucurella but only at the right price.

The highly-rated Brighton defender has been subject of speculation of a move to the Etihad Stadium this summer but as yet, City have been unable to make a breakthrough with the Seagulls for the Spaniard.

City are looking to offer around £35m for Cucurella as they believe his £50m valuation is too high.

Marc Cucurella’s sparkling performances for Brighton caught the attention of Pep Guardiola

Spanish defender Cucurella made 35 appearances for the seagulls last term scoring once

Brighton have no desire to sell the 23-year-old but Cucurella is keen to join City if the clubs can thrash out a deal.

Should the Premier League champions be unsuccessful in their attempts to lure Cucurella then Stuttgart’s Borna Sosa is another option for City following the imminent departure of Oleksandr Zinchenko to Arsenal.

According to BILD, City are keeping tabs on the Croatian international who joined the Bundesliga side from Dinamo Zagreb in 2018.

The report says Stuttgart are ready to cash in on their prized asset and are willing to accept offers of around £21m for the left-back.

But City face stiff competition for the 24-year-old with both Bayern Munich and Barcelona showing interest in him.

Stuttgart’s Croatian left-back Borna Sosa is being closely monitored by Manchester City

As it stands, Pep Guardiola’s men have just one recognised left-back in Joao Cancelo and the Spanish manager is keen to bolster his left-sided options ahead of the upcoming season.

It has been a summer of upheaval at the Etihad Stadium with both Gabriel Jesus and Raheem Sterling departing for Arsenal and Chelsea respectively.

The Citizens have bolstered their attack with the acquisition of Erling Haaland from Borussia Dortmund and Leeds United Midfielder Kalvin Phillips as they search for a third-successive Premier League crown.

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