Manchester City set to battle Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur, Bayern Munich and FC Barcelona for Marc Cucurella alternative

Manchester City have targeted VfB Stuttgart full-back as an alternative for Brighton & Hove Albion’s Marc Cucurella but face a battle with Premier League rivals Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur and European heavyweights Bayern Munich and FC Barcelona for the Croatia international’s services.

Pep Guardiola has freshened up City’s squad this summer, and the Sky Blues are in the market for a left-back after versatile Ukraine international Oleksandr Zinchenko moved to Arsenal in a deal worth £32m.

The Premier League title-holders have made signing Cucurella a priority, but are reportedly close to walking away from a deal for the Seagulls’ player of the season.

Albion remain firm in the stance of keeping the 24-year-old at the Amex, and have demanded £50m from City.

Manchester City have targeted VfB Stuttgart full-back as an alternative for Brighton & Hove Albion’s Marc Cucurella but face a battle with Premier League rivals Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur and European heavyweights Bayern Munich and FC Barcelona for the Croatia international’s services. Picture by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images

The champions are reportedly willing to pay up to £40m for Cucurella, but that is the club’s upper-limit for the deal.

In another twist earlier today, the Spanish defender handed in a transfer request to try and force through his move to the Blues.

It is understood that the transfer request has not changed Brighton’s position on their valuation of Cucurella.

City have become frustrated by Albion’s demands and may seek alternative options at left-back.

One of those is Stuttgart’s Croatian full-back Sosa, according to Sports Illustrated.

City have reportedly named the 24-year-old as an ideal alternative for Cucurella, and the Sky Blues are now ready to make a move for the defender should negotiations with the Seagulls continue to drag on.

But competition for the Croatian is fierce and a number of Europe’s top clubs have also been linked with moves for Sosa.

German newspaper Bild has reported that the full-back can leave Stuttgart for just €25m (£20m), with Bayern Munich, FC Barcelona and Tottenham Hotspur targeting the defender.

The Sun, meanwhile, has reported that Chelsea are set to secure the services of Sosa in a deal worth £21m.

According to German outlet, Heidenheimer Zeitung, Stuttgart have ‘assured’ Sosa that he will be allowed to depart Mercedes-Benz Arena this summer.

Sosa has made 83 appearances for Die Roten since joining from Dinamo Zagreb in 2018.

The left-back has scored three goals and provided an impressive 23 assists. He has also received six caps for Croatia.