Arsenal are working on a deal to sign Oleksandr Zinchenko from Manchester City, with the clubs in talks but no agreement yet.
With a deal for Lisandro Martinez off the table, David Ornstein reports that Arsenal are prioritising the signing of Oleksandr Zinchenko.
Zinchenko can play at left-back or in midfield, similar to Martinez. That would help him provide cover and competition in a couple of key positions for the Gunners.
The 25-year-old is certainly capable of fighting for a starting role in either spot.
Arsenal and Manchester City are in contact over the transfer, and City are open to the sale – if their valuation is met. So far, the Gunners haven’t met it.
Mikel Arteta’s side also still need to agree personal terms. The Athletic report that Arteta is keen to reunite with Zinchenko and the pair share a strong relationship, but there’s no confirmation that the player is keen to join.
The Evening Standard reported earlier in the summer that both Arsenal and West Ham United had expressed interest in Zinchenko.
Manchester Evening News claimed then that Arteta is a huge admirer of Zinchenko and he’s targeting the City man for a summer transfer.
Fabrizio Romano also reported that Zinchenko could leave City this summer.
Those links took a while to lead to any serious progress, but we could be seeing the start of that progress now.
Zinchenko made 28 appearances for City this season, including 18 starts in all competitions.