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Why did Man City let Chelsea sign Marc Cucurella? Pep Guardiola answers

Pep Guardiola explains why Man City allowed Chelsea to sign Marc Cucurella amid Sergio Gomez deal.

Pep Guardiola, the manager of Man City, acknowledges that Chelsea only prevailed in the bidding for left-back Marc Cucurella because club officials decided against spending the £63 million that Brighton wanted.

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During the dinner he hosted with his fellow Premier League officials out in London to get to know them better, Todd Boehly, the Blues’ new owner, began to put the wheels in motion on the agreement for the 24-year-old player. At that initial gathering with representatives from Aston Villa who were present at the meal, discussions with Carney Chukwuemeka were initiated in addition to Cucurella.

Cucurella to Chelsea only had a chance until Man City withdrew from talks. The player in question had his heart set on playing for East Manchester under Guardiola prior to the west Londoners expressing interest in the former Barcelona academy graduate.

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A dream that, by submitting a transfer request, he made sure the Seagulls would at the very least carefully consider. A request that Chelsea themselves seized upon, as manager Thomas Tuchel considered the Brighton full-back as the ideal rival for Ben Chilwell given the expectation that both Marcos Alonso and Emerson Palmieri would depart before September 1. Since a result of his versatility, he can also play at left center-half in a back three formation, which is ideal for Tuchel as it covers two positions technically. But why would City themselves just give up on a player Guardiola wanted to join star signings Kalvin Phillips and Erling Haaland without a fight?

In his press conference before this weekend’s home game against Bournemouth, the four-time Premier League champion stated that it was just about “money”: “The minute we decided we wouldn’t spend this kind of money for this player,” the club said in regards to Cucurella.

Man City is currently advancing on the excellent Sergio Gomez of Anderlecht to replace Cucurella at left-back. A signing that would put an end to the Citizens’ transfer search for new players, unless they were forced into taking late action in the event that Bernardo Silva was to complete his high-profile transfer to Barcelona.

“I’m very, very pleased with the team. It’s not [big] in terms of numbers but there is incredible versatility and they all have huge quality – even the young academy lads,” he added. “The quality is there, they just have to push each other to the next step this season.

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“If nobody moves, I think nobody’s coming in. Now I have the feeling that if we have a problem with Kyle and Joao we have players who can replace them. That’s why Sergio comes. Even Nathan [Ake] can play there.

“In the right you have Kyle, Joao, John and maybe Rico. We don’t have a big squad but we have some players who play in different positions quite well. That’s why the moment we decide for Sergio, the debate for another left-back was over.”

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