Manchester City set to make opening offer for Marc Cucurella as Pep Guardiola looks to add to his defensive options with Brighton valuing defender at close to £50million
- Manchester City are poised to make an opening offer for Marc Cucurella
- Brighton value the defender at close to £50m, which could prove problematic
- Chelsea are also monitoring Cucurella with the defender having impressed
The south coast side value Cucurella at close to £50million and that could prove too high for City who would be prepared to consider alternatives.
Manchester City are preparing to make their opening offer for defender Marc Cucurella
Chelsea are also monitoring developments with the 23-year-old on their wishlist.
Cucurella joined Barcelona’s prestigious La Masia academy when Guardiola was in charge of the Catalan club.
He played two seasons at Getafe before joining Brighton, where he won their player of the year award. Albion chief Tony Bloom is unlikely to budge on his asking price, having already cashed in on midfielder Yves Bissouma this week, who joined Tottenham.
Pep Guardiola is eager to sign Cucurella, but Brighton value the defender at close to £50m
Chelsea are also monitoring Cucurella following his impressive performances for Brighton
They stood firm last summer when demanding £50m for Ben White, who joined Arsenal.
City are weighing up former academy coach Enzo Maresca to fill the vacant position as Guardiola’s assistant.
Former No 2 Juanma Lillo departed last week to join Qatari club Al-Saad as manager. Maresca, once a West Brom player, headed up City’s Under 23 side before joining Serie A side Parma.