Manchester City will return with a second offer for Brighton left-back Marc Cucurella, according to reports in England.
The Premier League champions’ first bid, said to be worth £30m, was rejected out of hand by Brighton, who are holding out for around £50m.
Pep Guardiola’s side have already threatened to walk away from negotiations if the Seagulls don’t lower their demands, and they are hoping that Cucurella’s interest in joining them will force his club into agreeing a compromise.
City have identified the Spanish international as the number one target to replace Oleksandr Zinchenko, whose move from the Etihad to Arsenal was confirmed on Friday.
There are, however, alternatives if talks with Brighton over a deal for Cucurella do break down. Stuttgart’s Borna Sosa has been mentioned as a potential option in recent days, but there are doubts about his fitness record and the fact that he lacks Premier League experience.