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Reports: Manchester City could use James McAtee in negotiations for Brighton's Marc Cucurella

Manchester City could offer youngster James McAtee as a makeweight in their bid to land Marc Cucurella from Brighton this summer, with the club reported to be in no rush to sell the youngster but perhaps willing to allow him to move on loan.


The report comes from the reliable Martin Blackburn of The Sun in which he says that the Premier League champions are considering offering the 19-year-old on loan to Brighton in a bid to sign the Spanish left-back on more favourable terms.

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In addition to this, he mentions Chelsea as a potential challenger to sign Cucurella, but City are said to be confident they can fight off Thomas Tuchel's side for the fullback.

City are understood to have made Cucurella one of their top targets for the summer, and Blackburn reports that the fullback may cost in excess of £40million after winning the Player of the Year award for Brighton last season.

McAtee was of interest to the Seagulls as early as last season when it was reported that the Blues had rebuffed an £8million approach from Graham Potter's side, with City reportedly telling all potential suitors that he was not for sale at any price.

Guardiola has often admired the style of football that Potter's sides play, which could make this move a great experience for McAtee as he hopes to play first-team Premier League football in the coming seasons.

The Catalan has reportedly been a fan of Cucurella since his days at Barcelona, and Blackburn adds that the club are willing to double the £15.4million that Brighton paid to sign the Spaniard last summer.

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Written by: @MCFCNavii

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