4 reasons why Manchester City should meet Brighton’s £ 50m asking price

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Manchester City have made Brighton & Hove Albion defender Marc Cucurella one of their primary summer transfer targets as Pep Guardiola looks to strengthen the left side of his title winning back line.

Cucurella has made quite the impression since arriving at the Amex Stadium last August in a £ 15m deal from Getafe. He started every Premier League game following his signing and ended the season being voted both Seagulls’ Supporters’ Player of and Players’ Player of the Year. It was an outstanding debut campaign in which he helped Brighton to ninth spot in the Premier League table, their highest ever finish in English football.

City’s interest therefore comes as no surprise. Neither does the price tag slapped on Cucurella by Albion chairman Tony Bloom, which stands at £ 50m – a figure that will not be lowered and could see the champions walk away from negotiations.

Having made his billions through professional poker and gambling, Bloom is not a chairman who blinks very often in such negotiations. Brighton hold all the power, with Cucurella still having four more years to run on his Albion contract. They are under no pressure to sell.

In the event that Cucurella tries to force through a move, he is unlikely to succeed. Lewis Dunk, Dale Stephens, Elliott Bennett, Liam Bridcutt and Yves Bissouma are just some of the players who have angled for transfers away from Brighton since Bloom became chairman in 2009, none of whom succeeded in their first attempts. Bloom sells only when it is in the best interests of his football club to do so.

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