Manchester City to make an improved offer for Marc Cucurella 

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Manchester City will reportedly make an improved offer for Brighton full-back Marc Cucurella.

According to BBC, the ‘Cityzens’ have already submitted a £30million offer for the Spanish left-back. But the bid was rejected by Brighton, who are demanding over £50m for the 23-year-old.

The valuation by the Seagulls is well above City’s valuation and Pep Guardiola’s side are not willing to pay over the top to land the player. 

Guardiola has confirmed that negotiations are ongoing but says City have other options if a fee can’t be agreed upon.

Although Cucurella is keen on the move, Brighton are also willing to keep the player who was one of their best players last season. 

The Spanish left-back would fit seamlessly into Guardiola’s City team, as he is adept with the ball at his feet and able to get forward and provide assistance in the final third. 

However, City have other transfer targets and will walk away should Brighton not lower their valuation of the Spain international. 

But then, the signing of a left-back has become something of a priority for City this summer, after the club sold Oleksandr Zinchenko to Arsenal. The Premier League champions now have one player who is able to play in that position in Joao Cancelo. Being right-footed, however, it is not Cancelo’s preferred position, and it appears City now want a specialist for that role. 

Their other left-back, Benjamin Mendy, remains suspended by the club as he battles in court to clear his name of rape allegations.