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Manchester City’s first bid for Marc Cucurella is rejected by Brighton

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Manchester City’s first bid of £ 30 million for left-back Marc Cucurella was not accepted by Brighton.

The Spaniard is said to be the prime target for Pep Guardiola for the left-back position this summer. The departure of Oleksandr Zinchenko has left that position open which Pep looks to fill in the coming months.

Zinchenko has made the move for Arsenal this season, though the deal has not yet been made official by the Gunners. Still, it has been known that Zinchenko’s deal with the London club is for four years and personal terms have also been agreed upon.

Today, the Ukrainian was even pictured in an Arsenal kit before his medical at Orlando where the team is currently based. Therefore, with Zinchenko’s exit, the Citizens have heightened their pursuit of the player. However, there is still some way to go before anything concrete is reached between the two parties involved.

Will it really hurt Manchester City if they are unable to sign Cucurella for the season?

The Athletic reports that City’s first offer of £30m for Cucurella has been rejected by Brighton.

The report further adds that City could increase its offer of £30m for Cucurella in the coming weeks. However, if Brighton increases their demand of £50m, Citizens would turn down the offer and walk away from the deal. The deal is still fairly in a nascent stage and is thought to achieve fruition in the coming weeks.

Pep in a press conference speaking about their interest in Cucurella said:

We are in negotiations. If it doesn’t happen, we have alternatives. [Joao] Cancelo, [Josh] Wilson-Esbrand is a young talent, [Nathan] Ake can play there,” Guardiola said after City’s 2-1 friendly win over Club America in Houston.

Irrespective of Pep’s statements, a report earlier claimed that the Citizens have developed an interest in Stuttgart left-back Borna Sosa.

This is an alternative option if they fail to make a deal for Cucurella.

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