Brighton wing-back Marc Cucurella has admitted there are certain clubs “you can’t say no to” amid rumours linking him with Man City.
The Spaniard was excellent for the Seagulls in 2021/22 as he was named Players’ Player of the Season.
He joined from Getafe for around £16m last summer and made 39 appearances across all competitions this term.
After shining in the Premier League in his maiden season in England, Cururella has been linked with a move away from the Amex Stadium.
With Marcos Alonso likely to leave Chelsea this summer, the 23-year-old has emerged as a potential target for the Blues.
However, he has also been linked with Man City, Tottenham and Juventus. City are in need of a new left-back due to Benjamin Mendy’s unavailability.
Cucurella was asked about rumours linking him with the Premier League champions, and he admitted that he has not spoken to Pep Guardiola about a potential transfer.
The former Barcelona man also hinted that he is using Brighton as a stepping stone, insisting there are certain teams you cannot turn down.
🗣| Cucurella on @ManCity interest: "If the opportunity arises, you have to take advantage of it. There are teams that you can't say no to"
— City Chief (@City_Chief) May 25, 2022
“The goal [at Brighton] was to develop so the big clubs can take notice,” he said (quotes via Manchester Evening News).
“But if the opportunity arises, you have to take advantage of it. There are teams that you can’t say no to. No, sincerely no [Pep Guardiola has not called]. Of course, there are rumours.
“If people are talking like this about you, it’s a good thing. We’re calm; the most important thing right now is to rest.”
Elsewhere, Brighton right-back Tariq Lamptey asked to be left out of Lee Carsley’s England Under-21s squad as he considers an approach from the Ghanian national team.
“He’s had an approach. It’s something he’s considering at the minute,” said Carsley.
“He’s asked to be left out of the squad for a bit of head space. He’s not switched, it’s not cemented or anything like that but he’s had an approach (from Ghana), we have to respect that.
“We’ve made it clear how important we see him to us. I know the seniors have as well.”