“If I used to be Manchester Metropolis I’d have given Brighton no matter they needed for Cucurella,” Sky Sports activities’ Kris Boyd stated earlier this month.
“I feel he is nearly as good as anybody within the Premier League. He fits Metropolis’s attacking fashion of play. I get excited each time I see Cucurella play – he is a incredible participant.”
Manchester Metropolis are set to check Brighton’s resolve after their preliminary bid of £30m was rejected.
Such has been Tony Bloom’s wonderful stewardship of the south coast membership, Brighton can afford to calm down in Pep Guardiola’s admiration for his compatriot.
Cucurella was solely signed for Getafe 12 months in the past in a £15m deal, however the participant is now value at the very least triple the payment.
That is how Brighton likes to function. Benjamin White was offered to Arsenal for £50million final summer season, coming by the academy on the Amex Stadium.
Yves Bissouma was purchased from Lille in July 2018 for £15m and offered this summer season for a £10m revenue.
Dan Ashworth could have stepped down as director of soccer (he is on gardening go away earlier than beginning a brand new position at Newcastle), however the foundations are firmly in place at Brighton.
Cucurella has 4 years on his contract and whereas he’s prone to soar on the probability to work beneath Guardiola, Brighton are in a robust place and are in no rush to promote.
Metropolis are decided to not block Oleksandr Zinchenko’s £32m transfer to Arsenal, promising they’ll fortunately transfer on to different targets if Cucurella’s payment does not go well with all events.
However the participant has all of the attributes to change into a fan favourite on the Etihad Stadium. The 23-year-old has already endeared himself to some supporters after scoring in opposition to Manchester United in Might.
It was the winger’s first Premier League purpose, blasting excessive into the web over David de Gea and his celebrations confirmed how a lot the strike meant to him.
Bullied by his teammates, Cucurella burst into tears, serious about realizing a long-held dream.
He advised Sky Sports activities: “It is a reward to the followers and the crew and the season. It was tough coming right here in the summertime, a brand new league, a brand new nation and a brand new language.
“Now it’s extremely thrilling for me and my household; my son was 10 days outdated once we got here. He traveled with me once I modified cities. It’s totally particular.”
As Boyd identified, there’s something infectious about Cucurella, the identical means Pablo Zabaleta turned a cult hero amongst Metropolis followers.
His journey from enjoying for Barcelona B in three seasons – however by no means within the first crew – to turning into Premier League champions is one you would not deny.
Guardiola left Barcelona as coach in 2012 – the identical yr Cucurella joined the membership’s well-known La Masia academy from Espanyol. A second of slippage the place the couple by no means will get shut to one another.
Born and bred in Catalonia, Cucurella has been educated within the very youth system, so Guardiola helped increase the usual totally, nevertheless it was by mortgage spells – first at Eibar after which Getafe – the place he was allowed to actually flourish.
His power to get ahead and tenacity to get again present all of the hallmarks of a Pep Guardiola participant, and his performances at left-back final season are corresponding to these used at full-back at Metropolis.
Having splashed greater than £225m on full-backs since arriving on the membership in the summertime of 2016, it’s no shock that Guardiola sees Cucurella as an funding value pursuing.
Final season, the Metropolis boss used Aymeric Laporte and Nathan Ake at left-back every time Joao Cancelo was on the alternative wing or wanted a relaxation.
It was definitely a sq. peg in a spherical gap, and such small margins might have enormous ramifications on this season’s title race given the best way Metropolis’s challengers have strengthened. They should go once more and deal with their perceived weaker areas.
Guardiola shouldn’t be delay by Brighton’s £50m valuation to finally be part of Cucurella.
Carra: A left-back in a problematic place beneath Pep
Jamie Carragher says Man Metropolis have not had an “excellent” left-back beneath Pep Guardiola, however Cucurella would offer wholesome competitors if he moved to the Etihad.
Talking Sky Sports activities Informationstated the previous Liverpool defender: “I feel Man Metropolis have at all times – since Pep was there truly – lacked an actual excellent left-back. It was at all times a place the place that they had completely different gamers at completely different instances.
“You are by no means fairly positive who’s going to play there each week when you recognize Kyle Walker goes to play right-back. [Joao] Cancelo has gone in there and been nearly as good as anybody, however I am positive Pep would love a left-footer there.
“Zinchenko went to Arsenal, so when you’re asking if he is value it, Man Metropolis often spend £40-50m on full-backs. They’ve accomplished that notoriously since Pep got here in and so they like each switch and what you pay – if you play. properly, you suppose he is value it.
“He appears to be like like an aesthetic operator if you see him in a Brighton shirt. He performs related soccer to Manchester Metropolis so I am positive he’ll be signing.
“That is one thing Man Metropolis would possibly want in the mean time with Zinchenko transferring on and having a bit extra competitors for Cancelo, who can then present competitors for Walker on the different finish.”
Evaluation: Why Manchester Metropolis are chasing Cucurella?
Sky Sports activities’ Ron Walker:
“Because the arrest of Benjamin Mendy final summer season, Manchester Metropolis have operated and not using a pure left-back. Zinchenko has crammed in manfully for a number of years now. Cancelo made the place his personal final season – to the purpose the place he was named within the PFA Group of the 12 months by his friends.
“Zinchenko is now on the verge of becoming a member of Arsenal. Whereas Cancelo has the flexibility to play on both facet of the defence, extra depth is a pure requirement for the membership.
“Cucurella has simply tailored to the Premier League.
“He was voted Brighton’s Participant of the Season within the 2021/22 marketing campaign which noticed them obtain their highest ever league place.”
Man Metropolis fixtures: West Ham go to reside on Sky Sports activities
Manchester Metropolis start their Premier League title protection with a go to to West Ham on Sunday, August 7, reside on Sky Sports activities.
The primary Manchester derby of the season is on the Etihad on October 1, earlier than Metropolis journey to title rivals Liverpool on October 15.
The ultimate Champions League sport earlier than the season break for the Winter World Cup is at dwelling to Brentford on November 12 and, because the marketing campaign continues, they face Leeds at Elland Highway on Boxing Day.
Metropolis have a troublesome begin to 2023 with video games in opposition to Chelsea and Manchester United on January 2nd and 14th.
In direction of the tip of the marketing campaign, Pep Guardiola’s facet face Liverpool on the Etihad on April 1 after which host Chelsea on Might 20 earlier than wrapping up at Brentford on Might 28.
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