Man City Edge Closer To Cucurella Signing

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Manchester City are all set to make an offer for Brighton’s Marc Cucurella. The Guardian understands that they are now in advanced negotiations for the player.

The Spanish left-back has been a revelation for the Seagulls. Signed from Getafe for just 15 million, Cucurella spent no time adjusting to life in England. He was named the Player of the Season for his incredible performances. 

These performances caught the eye of a number of the “Big 6” clubs. Manchester City and Chelsea among them are primarily interested. However, the Premier League champions seem to be leading the race for the Spaniard. 

What Does Cucurella Offer?

Cucurella is an all-action fullback. His style of play exemplifies what a modern fullback should be today. Full of energy and technically gifted, Cucurella is a menace in the final third. He is an able passer, completing 5.06 progressive passes per 90 minutes last year. He can carry the ball with ease too, as shown by his 6.07 carries per 90 minutes in the same period of time.

This is not to say that Cucurella struggles defensively. In fact, he has proven to be a reliable presence at the back for the Seagulls. Graham Potter has even used him as the left centre-back in a back 3 at times. Manchester City will be in the market for a left-sided fullback this summer. Joao Cancelo has been excellent, but may be the only senior left-back at the end of the window. Oleksandr Zinchenko is reportedly leaving for game time. On the other hand, Benjamin Mendy’s criminal record may see him never play for the club again. 

In this scenario, Cucurella can be a perfect fit for City. Cancelo is naturally a right-sided player and may shift to that side. Cucurella can then take up the reigns on the left side. However, Cucurella has 4 years remaining on his contract. A hefty sum is needed to sign him. But as we have seen time and time again, Pep Guardiola is not hesitant to shy away from spending big money on a fullback.

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