Reports that Brighton defender Marc Cucurella has agreed to join Man City this summer is “all crap”, according to one journalist.
The 23-year-old had a brilliant first season in the Premier League with the Seagulls after moving from La Liga side Getafe for £15m.
His form saw him earn his first cap for Spain after being involved at every youth level from under-16s to under-21s.
And, with his reputation growing, Cucurella has been attracting admiring glances from elsewhere with rumours Pep Guardiola wants to make him a Man City player this summer.
Reports last week claimed that Cucurella, who was named Albion’s Player of the Season after making 34 Premier League appearances, had ‘agreed personal terms’ with the Citizens.
Football Insider insisted that Cucurella wants to ‘quit’ Brighton this summer with negotiations between Man City and the Seagulls at an ‘advanced stage’.
However, Andy Naylor, who is the Brighton reporter for The Athletic, claims that ‘it’s all crap’ with no agreements between the player and Man City.
Naylor wrote on Twitter: “I’m aware of lots of stuff in the past week on Marc Cucurella/Man City. He’s agreed terms, they’ve made a bid etc. As previously stated, it will require an irresistible offer. At this moment in time, it’s all crap. No bids, nothing agreed, no desire to sell.”
I’m aware of lots of stuff in the past week on Marc Cucurella/Man City. He’s agreed terms, they’ve made a bid etc.
As previously stated, it will require an irresistible offer.
At this moment in time, it’s all crap.
No bids, nothing agreed, no desire to sell. #BHAFC
— Andy Naylor (@AndyNaylorBHAFC) June 27, 2022
Speaking back in May, former Premier League striker Noel Whelan likes what he’s seen from Cucurella but reckons Brighton could be forced to sell at the “right price”.
“He’s an excellent player,” Whelan told Football Insider. “I saw that first hand at Elland Road. He’s an outstanding attacking full-back but he can defend one-on-one as well.
“He’s quick to get up the pitch, loves to get on the ball – I was really impressed. I can see why clubs want to get him. He’s only been at Brighton for a year but he’s really shone through.
“Brighton would sell for the right price, as well. They’ll be relying on perhaps a big sale or two in order to have money to spend this summer themselves. I wouldn’t be surprised to see both him and Bissouma leave this summer.”