Brighton defender Marc Cucurella has handed in a transfer request in a bid to push through a move to Manchester City.
Sky Sports News understands the development has not changed Brighton’s stance on holding firm in their valuation for the 24-year-old.
The Seagulls have rejected a £30m bid for the full-back from defending Premier League champions City and value the Spaniard at £50m.
Cucurella enjoyed a hugely successful first Premier League season after joining from Getafe in a deal worth around £15m last summer and was named Brighton’s player of the season.
Brighton do not want to let Cucurella leave and it would take a huge offer for them to sell as he has four years remaining on his contract at the Amex. However, the left-back has now pushed for a move by asking to be sold.
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola announced interest in signing a left-back but refused to be drawn into the latest update on Cucurella’s future.
“If possible, yes [we want to sign a left-back],” said Guardiola in a press conference before City’s Community Shield game against Liverpool on Saturday.
“But if not, we stay. Joao [Cancelo] can play there. Josh [Wilson-Esbrand] and Nathan [Ake, too]. I never complain about the squad I have since the first season. What the club can do is the benefit for the club not me.”
When asked about Cucurella specifically, Guardiola said: “He’s a Brighton player, I cannot say anything else.”
The City manager also announced that defender Aymeric Laporte will be out until September after undergoing knee surgery.
Jamie Carragher says Man City have lacked an “outstanding” left-back during Guardiola’s time in charge but that Cucurella would provide healthy competition should he move to the Etihad.
Speaking to Sky Sports News, the former Liverpool defender said: “I think Man City have always – really since Pep’s been there – lacked a real outstanding left-back. It was always the position where they’ve had sort of different players at different times.
“You’re never quite sure who plays there every week, where you know it’s Kyle Walker playing right-back. [Joao] Cancelo’s gone in there and been as good as anyone really but I’m sure Pep would like a left-footer there.