Arsenal and West Ham United have both expressed an interest in signing Manchester City’s Oleksandr Zinchenko this summer.

LONDON, ENGLAND: Oleksandr Zinchenko of Manchester City battles for possession with Jarrod Bowen of West Ham United during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Manchester City at London Stadium on May 15, 2022. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND: Oleksandr Zinchenko of Manchester City battles for possession with Jarrod Bowen of West Ham United during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Manchester City at London Stadium on May 15, 2022. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

The Evening Standard report that both Arsenal and West Ham United have expressed their interest in the transfer of Manchester City’s Oleksandr Zinchenko.

The 25-year-old had put any negotiations over his future on hold until after Ukraine’s World Cup qualifiers, but after Sunday’s defeat to Wales, Arsenal and West Ham are now hoping to learn Zinchenko’s intentions.

City are reportedly unlikely to stand in Zinchenko’s way if he requests a transfer.

Arsenal are more likely to use the player in midfield, whilst West Ham want him for competition at left-back. Both clubs are attracted to the Ukraine international’s versatility in being able to play either position if necessary.

Zinchenko mostly plays left-back for Manchester City, but he’s also played in midfield at times – particularly for his country.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND: Oleksandr Zinchenko of Manchester City celebrates with the Premier League trophy and a Ukrainian flag after their side finished the season as Premier League champions during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Aston Villa at Etihad Stadium on May 22, 2022. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND: Oleksandr Zinchenko of Manchester City celebrates with the Premier League trophy and a Ukrainian flag after their side finished the season as Premier League champions during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Aston Villa at Etihad Stadium on May 22, 2022. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Manchester Evening News recently reported that Mikel Arteta is a huge admirer of Zinchenko and he’s targeting the City man for a summer transfer.

Zinchenko would reportedly like to play more regularly, and Arsenal are offering him a more important role in their team.

Fabrizio Romano has also reported that Zinchenko could leave City this summer.

The versatile defender made 28 appearances for City this season, including 18 starts in all competitions. So whilst he’s not a total outcast from the side, he’s also not a starter in the majority of cases.

Arsenal have Kieran Tierney at left-back, whose injury problems have often left openings in the position. The Gunners are also looking to reinforce their midfield, with Thomas Partey’s injury exposing their lack of depth in the middle.

Zinchenko would provide excellent cover in both areas, and he has the quality to succeed as a starter in either spot.

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