MANCHESTER CITY are stepping up their interest in Brighton’s Marc Cucurella but face a battle to move him away from the south coast.
Pep Guardiola has identified the Spaniard as ideal for his squad this summer and is keen to test Brighton’s resolve.
However, the Seagulls are determined to keep 23-year-old Cucurella, whom they signed from Spanish club Getafe just last summer.
The full-back had a tumultuous first season in the Premier League and was named Brighton’s player of the season.
His performances have attracted a lot of interest, with Chelsea also being admirers of the former Barcelona youngster.
Graham Potter’s side have already agreed to the sale of midfielder Yves Bissouma to Tottenham this summer – the Mali international will join a deal that could reach more than £30million.
However, they are in a far stronger position when it comes to Cucurella, who joined for around £15million 12 months ago.
There is no wish for the full-back to leave the Amex and while Bissouma had just one year left on contract, Cucurella has four.
The south coast side, who secured a place in the first half of the Premier League last season, have had no formal requests for senior players other than Bissouma so far this summer.
While Brighton are content to sell key players for a hefty fee – Ben White joined Arsenal for £50million last summer – it will take an enormous sum to agree to a move for Cucurella.
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A deal for Cucurella could see Ukraine international Oleksandr Zinchencko leave Manchester City.
The full-back, who can also play in midfield, is interesting for Arsenal and West Ham.
Zinchenko, 25, played 28 games for City last season.
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/football/premier-league/5577373/man-city-chelsea-transfer-marc-cucurella/ Man City are competing with Chelsea in the transfer race for Marc Cucurella but Brighton are set to ask up to £50m for the Spain left-back