Manchester City are reportedly interested in Brighton star Marc Cucurella, and if the price tag is to be believed, it could be one of the Seagulls’ biggest transfer sales ever.
According to the Daily Mail, City are preparing a £30m move for the Spanish defender, with Pep Guardiola interested in signing Cucurella to strengthen the Manchester side’s left-back position, which is currently being shared between Joao Cancelo and Oleksandr Zinchenko.
Cucurella has enjoyed a fine first season in the Premier League, with the Spaniard bagging a goal and assist and making 34 appearances for Brighton, yet City’s £30m interest in the 23-year-old could be a tempting offer for the south coast side.
Yet where would Cucurella rank if City were to make a move for the exciting fullback this summer? Here are Brighton’s five most expensive sales ever ahead of the upcoming transfer window.
Ben White – Arsenal, £50m
At £50m, Ben White’s move to Arsenal last summer is by far and away Brighton’s biggest sale to date, with the defender spending just one season playing in Graham Potter’s squad before the Gunners made the surprise move for the centre-back.
A transfer that caught many by surprise last year, Arsenal’s gamble has largely paid off, with White enjoying a strong season with the Gunners and helping the north London side return to European football, with a top-five finish guaranteed for the defender.
Dan Burn – Newcastle United, £13m
Another defender who left Brighton for a decent fee is Dan Burn, who was a last-minute signing from Newcastle United in the January transfer window and has since become a key player for the Magpies.
Named Player of the Month for Newcastle in March, the towering centre-back has played a huge role in the club’s incredible form in 2022, with the Toon set for a comfortable midtable finish in the league, with Burn’s form playing a big part in this rise.
Anthony Knockaert – Fulham, £10m
Anthony Knockaert will always hold a special place in the hearts of Brighton fans for his incredible 2016/17 season that finally saw the Seagulls return to the English top-flight after a 34-year absence.
Yet like so many players who make the leap from the Championship to the Premier League, Knockaert wasn’t able to handle the quality or the speed of the division, leading to the winger joining Fulham in 2020 for £10m according to Sky Sports News.
Leonardo Ulloa – Leicester City, £8m
After being promoted back to the Premier League, Leicester City made Brighton star Leonardo Ulloa their club-record signing, at the time, with the Argentine striker joining the Foxes for £8m according to the Guardian.
Within two seasons, Ulloa was a Premier League champion as Leicester did the impossible and won the league after narrowly missing out on relegation in their comeback year in the big time, with the former Brighton attacker bagging 20 goals for the Foxes during his spell at the King Power Stadium.
Aaron Mooy – Shanghai SIPG, £7.5m
When Brighton signed Aaron Mooy from Huddersfield Town, it was viewed as a bargain signing from the south coast side. However, just 12 months after the Australian moved to Amex, the midfielder was out the exit door to Chinese Super League side Shanghai SIPG.
A division that is growing in popularity for Australian players, Mooy’s time with Brighton was short at sweet, with the midfielder earning the Seagulls a tidy profit in his one year at the club before heading back to the Far East in China.