Tony Bloom transfer stance on Manchester City made clear as '£50m' Marc Cucurella cranks up pressure on Brighton

Brighton and Hove Albion chairman Tony Bloom is expected to drive a hard bargain as Manchester City continue their pursuit of Marc Cucurella

Brighton and Hove Albion chairman Tony Bloom wants £50m for his star left back Marc Cucurella
Brighton and Hove Albion chairman Tony Bloom wants £50m for his star left back Marc Cucurella

City had a £30m bid for the Spaniard rejected earlier this window but today Cucurella is said to have handed in an official transfer request.

Guardiola is determined to land a left sided player and is keen on the former Barcelona youth man, who is contracted with Brighton until June 2026.

Bloom however is under no pressure to sell and wants £50m for the player they signed for £15.4m from Getafe late in last summer's transfer window.

“Marc is a tremendous player, a tremendous person,” said Bloom to BBC Sussex, earlier this month.

"He’s brilliant for the dressing room. The players love him, Graham and the coaches, love him, I love him, the fans love him.

"He was unbelievably good last season, his first season in the Premier League.

"The fact that there is speculation and there is interest in our players, I always view that as a positive.

"It hasn’t always been like that. There’s less than three or four clubs where some of the players are not for sale.

“We’ve got to be realistic if a certain bid comes in and the player wants to move, the player will move, but we are not anticipating, we’re not looking for our best players to move on.

"If it happens and we get a bid then we have to consider it, but until that point, we carry on.”