The Lowdown: City’s pursuit of Cucurella
With Pep Guardiola having identified the Spain international as his desired player, the Sky Blues set about entering negotiations with Brighton. The Citizens had their opening £30m bid rejected by the south coast club, with the Seagulls demanding a staggering £50m fee.
Cucurella himself even handed in a transfer request on Friday to push through a move to the Etihad Stadium.
The Latest: Brighton end discussions
Naylor has shared the latest update on City’s pursuit of the Brighton full-back.
Taking to Twitter in sharing a link to a corresponding article from The Athletic, the reliable journalist claimed: “Brighton have ended discussions with Manchester City over Marc Cucurella. They won’t engage in incremental bid increases.
“The asking price remains £50m+. They consider the Spaniard to be a rarer and better player than Ben White.”
The Verdict: City missing out…
When looking at the 24-year-old’s underlying statistics, it is clear to see why Guardiola wants to bring his felloe Spaniard to the Etihad this summer.
As per FBRef, compared with positional peers across Europe’s top five leagues over the past year, Cucurella ranks in the 89th percentile for passes attempted, the 87th percentile for progressive passes and the 80th percentile for shot-creating actions.
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Therefore, Cucurella to the Sky Blues seemed like a great match for the two parties, so Brighton putting an end to discussions will come as a big blow for City.
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