Romano Makes Surprising Julian Alvarez Claim As He Reveals Why City Lost Out On 62M Signing To Chelsea

Romano Makes Surprising Julian Alvarez Claim As He Reveals Why City Lost Out On 62M Signing To Chelsea

Manchester City refused to allow Julian Alvarez to leave for Brighton on loan as part of the deal to sign Marc Cucurella, according to transfer expert Fabrizio Romano.

Cucurella was a key target for the Premier League champions, with manager Pep Guardiola keen to strengthen his options on the left-hand side of defence.

However, Romano claims that Guardiola refused to sanction Alvarez’s loan, leading to talks with Brighton to collapse. Cucurella subsequently sealed a £62m move to Chelsea instead.


The decision to keep Alvarez at the Etihad may well turn out to be a very smart decision. The Argentinian international has looked lively when given opportunities by Guardiola, scoring twice on his full debut in the 6-0 win over Nottingham Forest last month.

In terms of signing an alternative for Cucurella, the Citizens opted for a much cheaper option in Anderlecht’s Sergio Gomez. The Spaniard played his first 90 minutes against Sevilla midweek.

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