Arsenal are in talks to sign Oleksandr Zinchenko from Manchester City, according to David Ornstein.
There was much speculation at the tail-end of May that we held the Ukraine international’s versatility in high regard, however, the rumours died down when we turned our attention to Ajax’s Lisandro Martinez.
Now that the Argentine is on the verge of a move to Manchester United, we appear to be revisiting the Zinchenko opportunity. As someone who can play in midfield but has considerable experience playing as a left-back, you can see why we’re attracted to Zinchenko.
🚨 EXCLUSIVE: Arsenal working on deal to sign Oleksandr Zinchenko from Man City. Clubs in talks, #MCFC open to sale if valuation met. #AFC would also need to agree personal terms. Versatile 25yo now priority for Arteta after missing Martinez @TheAthleticUK https://t.co/e3r0Xmyh67
— David Ornstein (@David_Ornstein) July 14, 2022
Writing for The Athletic, Ornstein claims City won’t stand in the player’s way if a suitable bid is forthcoming. The asking price is thought to be in the region of £25 million, half of what United are set to pay for Martinez.
Mikel Arteta is very familiar with Zinchenko having worked with the player during his tenure as Pep Guardiola’s assistant. As was the case with Gabriel Jesus, that should stand us in good stead.
Other clubs, including West Ham and Everton, have also shown interest in the 25-year-old this summer.