By Frank McAvennie

2nd Aug, 2022 | 9:15am

Pundit verdict on Man City submitting improved Marc Cucurella bid after BBC talks update

Frank McAvennie has claimed Marc Cucurella will not “walk in” to the Man City team if he leaves Brighton.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former West Ham striker said Cucurella will want to move on from the Seagulls.

According to the BBC (1 August), City and Brighton have ended their talks over the potential transfer of the 24-year-old.

Pep Guardiola’s side are said to be unwilling to meet Brighton’s £50million price tag.

Cucurella has four years remaining on his contract at the Amex Stadium.

He joined last year from Spanish side Getafe for a fee of £16.2million.

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When asked if City would be willing to up their offer for Cucurella from £40million, McAvennie told Football Insider‘s Charlotte Cohen: “They’ll not go much higher than that.

I don’t know if he’s worth much more than that.

Man City have such a big squad, they’ve got so many players.

He’s not going to walk in – look at Jack Grealish. He’s an £80million player and he’s not getting a game. He plays sometimes, it just depends which side of the bench Pep chooses from because he’s got so many players.

“He’s [Cucurella] a mainstay at Brighton. I get that he’ll want to move from there, he wants to move up and it’ll be great to go to Man City. But if he goes there he won’t be getting as much game time as what he is at the moment.

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