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‘They love him’: Romano says Pep will go all out to sign ‘perfect’ £55m star for Man City

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Fabrizio Romano has said that Manchester City will push hard to sign Marc Cucurella from Brighton & Hove Albion following the sale of Oleksandr Zincehnko to Arsenal.

Speaking to the Wondergoal Podcast, the Sky Sports Italia journalist revealed that Pep Guardiola is a huge fan of the Spanish fullback and views him as the perfect replacement for Zincehnko, however, Brighton could demand as much as £55m for their star defender.

Cucurella only signed for Brighton last year but has already made a huge impact in the Premier League, with the Spanish youth international one of the breakout stars in England last season and already drawing huge interest from the likes of City, who are looking for a left-back this summer.

Indeed, City have been looking for a natural left-back to fit Guardiola’s system for some time, and it appears that the Catalan manager has settled on Cucurella as the player who could hold onto the position for many years to come, but only if they can strike a deal with Brighton to sign the 23-year-old.

Whilst the Premier League champions have spent heavily this summer, City have seen more players leave the club in the form of Gabriel Jesus, Raheem Sterling and the aforementioned Zinchenko, and according to Romano, Cucurella is Guardiola’s ideal candidate to replace the Arsenal-bound Ukrainian.

Romano said: “The main target has always been, and still is Marc Cucurella from Brighton. It depends on the fee, because it is around €60m-65m (£50m-£55m), and I don’t see Manchester City paying this money for Cucurella. They want to sign him. They love him. Pep Guardiola and people inside the club are convinced that Cucurella will be absolutely perfect for Manchester City’s style.”

Cucurella could be City’s next superstar big-money signing

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Cucurella enjoyed a brilliant debut year in England with Brighton, and with City looking to sign a left-back this summer, the Seagulls defender seems like the ideal fit to take over this role and to compete with Joao Cancelo for the position.

Whilst the price tag is high, it is warranted by Brighton who only signed Cucurella 12 months ago, and City obviously have the finances to match Graham Potter’s asking price for his star fullback, who could suit Guardiola’s system to a tee in the years to come.
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