Despite Tottenham Hotspur's interest, Manchester City is 20 metres short of the Brighton & Hove Albions' asking price for Marc Cucurella and refuse to pay the Seagulls' valuation.
According to ESPN, the Citizens are attempting to sign the Spaniard as Arsenal closes in on Oleksandr Zinchenkos' signing. Pep Guardiola will have only Joao Cancelo as his recognized left-back.
When needed, Nathan Ake and Aymeric Laporte can fill wide defensive roles, along with their central duties. But Manchester City have identified Cucurella as the best option to provide Guardiola with an out-and-out full-back in the new Premier League season.
Brighton has set the price for Cucurella at 50 million, despite Graham Potters' only paying Getafe 15.5 million for the 23-year-olds' transfer last August. The Seagulls paid the release clause in the five-cap internationals contract and handed him a five-year deal.
Cucurellas' worth is approaching 30 million, according to Manchester City, who would not increase their interest if Brightons' valuation remains. The defender has just one year of Premier League experience, through which he has started all 35 of his games for one goal and one assist.
Manchester City has opened the door to Tottenham's interest in Brighton's Cucurella.
Manchester City should not worry about personal terms, as Fabrizio Romano's full verbal agreement with Cucurella is close. He has always been Guardiola's preferred name to take Zinchenko's place at the Etihad Stadium. Yet the 20 million price difference is an issue.
Spurs are interested in signing Cucurella from Brighton, and the Sun has previously cited north and west London as possible signing areas for the defender, with Antonio Conte and Chelsea keen.
After what he offered in one season in England, half of the Premier League big-six are eager to sign Cucurella to their clubs. His performances also blew Brighton owner and chairman Tony Bloom away, who claimed the Seagulls were yet to make a bid.
Marc is a remarkable player and person, according to BBC Radio Sussex. He is excellent in the dressing room.
Graham and the coaches love him, I love him, and the fans love him. He was incredible last season, his first season in the Premier League. Were hoping for more to come, and we haven't made a bid for him yet.
Even if Manchester City believes Cucurella is worth 20 million less, interest from Tottenham and Chelsea will allow Brighton to demand their valuation in full.