'We are looking' – Pep Guardiola responds to '£50m' transfer question as Brighton ace makes his stance clear

Brighton defender Marc Cucurella has handed in a transfer request to try and force through his move to Manchester City

Manchester City head coach Pep Guardiola is keen on Brighton left back Marc Cucurella
Manchester City head coach Pep Guardiola is keen on Brighton left back Marc Cucurella

Pep Guardiola remains keen on signing Brighton’s Spanish left back Marc Cucurella and the Premier League champions had a £30m bid rejected by Albion earlier this window.

City threatened to walk away from the deal but today Cucurella, 24, made his move in an attempt to force through the transfer.

Brighton however are under no pressure to sell and look set to hold out for £50m for their star man, who joined them late in last summer’s window for £15.4m from Getafe.

The former Barcelona youth man is contracted with Albion until June 2026.

Guardiola, speaking at his press conference ahead of tomorrow’s Charity Shield match against Liverpool, said: “If it is possible yes, if not, no. We have players who can play there [on the left] so I never complain about the squad I have. We will do our best and I support the club.

We will not speak about another team’s player but we are looking to strengthen our squad further between now and the end of the window.