Manchester City Ends Talks With Brighton Over Defender’s Signing

The Spain left-back, 24, handed in a transfer request last week.

The Seagulls had already rejected one bid from City and see £50m as the benchmark – the fee they sold defender Ben White to Arsenal for last summer.

Sources say it would take an exceptional offer to consider a sale as they see Cucurella as a better player.

Pep Guardiola’s side are now exploring other options as the fee is deemed too high.

Cucurella had been identified by City as a replacement for Oleksandr Zinchenko, who left the club to join Arsenal this summer.

Cucurella has a contract until 2026, having only joined Brighton in August 2021.

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He has made 35 Premier League appearances for the club, scoring one goal, since joining from Getafe last year in a £15.4m deal.

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