Manchester City agree contract with Premier League star

Marc Cucurella
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Premier League champions Manchester City have agreed personal terms with Brighton full-back Marc Cucurella, according to Football Insider.

The Spanish left-back, 23, has accepted Manchester City’s contract offer and has made it clear to Brighton that he wants to quit for the Premier League champions.

Despite reaching an agreement with Cucurella, Manchester City are yet to reach an agreement with Brighton for the left-back.

However, Manchester City are confident of reaching an agreement with Brighton soon as talks are now at an advanced stage.

Cucurella was named Brighton’s Player of the Year following his impressive performances for Graham Potter’s side last season.

Guardiola is keen on signing a left-back this summer with Benjamin Mendy unavailable indefinitely.

Ukraine international Oleksandr Zinchenko, who has played mostly as a left-back at Manchester City, is actually a central midfielder.

Guardiola has had his eyes on Cucurella for a while now, as the Catalan coach considers the Brighton left-back as the ideal candidate to operate in an attacking left-back role.

Brighton are reportedly keen on keeping Cucurella following Yves Bissouma’s £25million move to Tottenham Hotspur.

However, Manchester City’s interest in Cucurella is proving too difficult to resist and a deal is now likely to be agreed.

The 23 year old Cucurella only joined Brighton last summer from Spanish side Getafe for a fee of around £16 million.

He made 35 Premier League starts for Graham Potter’s side and was a key player as Brighton secured a top-half finish last season.

Cucurella ranked third in the Premier League for most chances created from open play, third for the most tackles made, and first for most ball recoveries made among left-backs in the Premier League last season.

Should Manchester City get a deal for the 23-year-old over the line in the next few days, it could pave the way for another Etihad exit in Zinchenko, who has been linked with a move to Everton.