Manchester City may not stand in the way of Oleksandr Zinchenko should the Ukrainian desire to leave amid Arsenal’s interest.
According to Daily Telegraph, Manchester City will allow Oleksandr Zinchenko to depart the Etihad if a considerable offer comes in. Arsenal are heavily linked with the Ukrainian ace, as Mikel Arteta eyes the player he knows well from his time at Manchester City.
Manchester City have always maintained good relationships with their players and never proved a problem if someone wishes to leave the club. They have always entertained reasonable offers for players who have sought fresh challenges.
Several Manchester City stars could leave the club for new pastures this summer. Raheem Sterling, Gabriel Jesus, and Oleksandr Zinchenko are reportedly seeking an exit, with Manchester City bracing themselves for big offers in the summer. Arsenal have been linked with Jesus and Zinchenko.
Mikel Arteta is plotting a double raid on Manchester City for Jesus and Zinchenko as he eyes quality reinforcements in the summer. Manchester City will not stand in the way of those players, particularly the Ukrainian, if a reasonable offer comes in.
Zinchenko played a limited yet effective role this season as Manchester City clinched the Premier League title on the last day of the campaign. The Ukrainian left-back played just 15 games, with ten of those coming as starts. The lack of regular game time has made him consider leaving the club, and Arsenal are keen on signing him.
Manchester City are already chasing Marc Cucurella, with Pep Guardiola keen on upgrading his left-back options. That would allow Zinchenko to depart and probably join Arsenal. The Ukrainian ace has mostly been used as a left-back at Manchester United, but he plays as a left-sided midfielder for his national side.
His qualities in that position have piqued Arteta’s interest, and the Arsenal boss wants the Ukrainian to occupy a midfield role. Zinchenko could also provide cover at left-back whenever required as Kieran Tierney is yet to prove his fitness over an entire season.
Arteta is looking to make the 4-3-3 formation a permanent fixture next season. He needs players adept in positional play, and Zinchenko has learned the exact trade under Guardiola over the years. The Ukrainian fits the mould and would be a fantastic addition to Arsenal.
Arsenal are also looking at Aaron Hickey to cover the left-back position and remain linked with Youri Tielemans for the midfield role. Arsenal could end the window signing all three players as Arteta seeks multiple options in different positions.
Arsenal also want a striker to complement the team upfront and remain heavily linked with Jesus. The north Londoners are yet to understand Manchester City’s asking price for Zinchenko. With two years left on his deal, the fee could be substantial, as the Premier League champions are known to get the best value for their players in the market.