By Alan Hutton

21st Jul, 2022 | 11:22am

Man City expected to 'hold out' for Marc Cucurella after journalist's reveal - pundit

Alan Hutton has claimed Man City will be willing to wait “as long as possible” to secure the signature of Marc Cucurella.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Tottenham and Aston Villa right-back said Cucurella will be Pep Guardiola’s “number one target”.

Speaking to the Wondergoal Podcast (17 July), journalist Fabrizio Romano said the Premier League champions view the 23-year-old as a “perfect replacement” for Oleksandr Zinchenko.

Zinchenko is said to have signed a four-year deal with Arsenal.

Cucurella has four years remaining on his contract with the Seagulls after joining last year from Spanish side Getafe.

When asked how long City would be willing to wait to sign the Spain international, Hutton told Football Insider: “They seem as if they’ve identified him as the number one target.

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I think they’ll try and hold on for as long as possible. I thought he was excellent last season in the Brighton team, he loved getting forward, he was tenacious, everything that Pep Guardiola likes.

With Zinchenko going, [Nathan] Ake, these types of players, it’s one of those that he’ll need somebody in. I think a natural left-footer on that side helps with the balance.

I’ve just got a feeling that he’s the number one target and they will wait for him.

They’ve got [Joao] Cancelo who can play over there if it doesn’t materialise, so they’ve got an option. So it’s not a problem for Man City and I think they’ll hold out as long as possible.

In other news, an expert has suggested Man City could now pull Phil Foden contract U-turn as legal issue emerges.