By Noel Whelan

30th Jul, 2022 | 10:21am

Marc Cucurella could be about to sign for Man City after new development - pundit

Noel Whelan has suggested Marc Cucurella could force through a cut-price move to Man City after handing in a transfer request at Brighton.

The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed the Seagulls could use a potential fee to strengthen their side ahead of the new campaign.

According to The Guardian (29 July), Cucurella has handed in a transfer request at Brighton in order to get his wish of a move to Man City this summer.

The report claims Pep Guardiola’s side have seen an offer of £30million rejected with the Seagulls holding out for £50million.

Football Insider exclusively revealed last month (22 June) that the full-back has already accepted City’s contract offer.

Cucurella signed for Brighton just last summer and has four years left on his contract at the Amex Stadium.

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Whelan suggested £40million is a more reasonable price tag for the Spain international.

“Cucurella won’t be happy with Brighton pricing City out of a deal,” he told Football Insider‘s Ewan Kingsbury.

“He wants to win things and challenge at the top of the table. He’ll be pushing to leave.

£50million does seem very high and seems like Brighton are just trying to take advantage of City’s finances.

“But Brighton will want to strengthen as well. £40million could get them two new signings, maybe even three if they get things right.

“Southampton and the teams around them are strengthening, and that will be playing on Brighton’s minds as the window ticks down.”

Man City have completed the signings of Erling Haaland and Kalvin Phillips so far this summer.

The reigning champions start their title defence against West Ham on 7 August.

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