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Manchester City could sign Barcelona academy gem for free this summer – report

Manchester City could land one of La Masia’s hottest young prospects this summer – for nothing.

18-year-old Marc Cucurella, a Barcelona and Spain under-19 international left-back, is considered to be one of the best emerging talents at the Catalan club, but his contract is up in June.

Barça have been negotiating with Cucurella’s agent for a while now but still can’t come to an agreement after several rounds of talks, and the clock is ticking.

A number of clubs are interested in acquiring the full-back, but Marca only names one of them and that is Manchester City, who have previously been linked with a move.

City could need as many as two left-backs this summer, with Gaël Clichy out of contract and almost certain to go unless Pep Guardiola sees something in his performances that supporters are missing. The other senior left-back, Aleksandar Kolarov, has another 12 months remaining on his deal but has been used more regularly as a centre-back this season.

If City do go into the market for a pair of left-backs, Cucurella on a free transfer could compliment a marquee signing, with the likes of Benjamin Mendy of Monaco and José Luis Gayà of Valencia said to be on Guardiola’s radar.

Check out some footage of Marc Cucurella in action for Barcelona’s Juvenil A side:


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