Manchester City have had a bid for full-back Marc Cucurella rejected by Brighton & Hove Albion as reported by the Athletic.
Talks started after City and Arsenal reached an agreement for Oleksandr Zinchenko. City are understood to have submitted a first offer of close to the initial £30million they are set to receive for the Ukraine international, but that was rejected out of hand by Brighton.
Negotiations are in the initial stages, and more talks are expected to come in the coming days. City are understood to be willing to increase their initial proposal, but will walk away if Brighton do not lower their £50million price tag.
Cucurella played 38 games in an impressive first season at Brighton, registering one goal and two assists.
Brighton rate Cucurella as one of their best players and are not in a rush to sell the Spaniard, though owner Tony Bloom recently said that that the club would not necessarily stand in his way should they receive an acceptable offer. Albion are