By Noel Whelan

17th Jun, 2022 | 4:16pm

Man City expected to have £35m-plus Marc Cucurella bid accepted after update - pundit

Noel Whelan has suggested Brighton could accept a £35million-plus bid from Man City for Marc Cucurella.

The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested City would be reluctant to pay over £40million for the 23-year-old after just one season in England.

As reported by the Guardian (16 June), City are set to bid for Cucurella over the coming days after making him their top left-back target this summer.

The Spanish defender joined the Seagulls for a reported £15.4million last summer and impressed in his debut Premier League season.

Whelan suggested City could convince the south coast outfit into doubling their money this summer.

Whelan told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “I’d probably say you’re looking around the £30million mark onwards, £30-35million.

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“I don’t think you’re going to be rising into your £50millions. That’s not something he can go for after one good season in the Premier League. They’ll be looking to cover their costs cost, cover the wages of that year and probably come out with a plus sign at the end of it as well.

“It will help Brighton go out there and do some business in the market, if that’s the case. He’s a fantastic player, I saw him at Elland Road come the back end of the season.

“He absolutely covers and ticks every box in my opinion. He would suit Manchester City’s style of play down to a tee. But I don’t think Man City city will be going out there forking £40-50million for a player that has only just come into the Premier League.

“They paid what was it, £15million? I think you’re probably looking around about the £35million mark, maybe some add-ons to go with that as well as over the years.

“He’s a great player, there’s no doubt about it. He really impressed me when I saw him play at Elland Road. He doesn’t really give anybody an opportunity to get past him.

“Cucurella goes box to box and he is fantastic on the eye as well. All in all, that says he can play at a higher level completely.”

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