Arsenal working on Zinchenko transfer with Man City willing to sell

Arsenal are reportedly working on a deal to sign Oleksandr Zinchenko from Manchester City with the two clubs set to enter talks over the midfielder.

The Ukrainian, who carried out an important role for Pep Guardiola in deputising at left-back last season, appears to be heading towards the exit after six years at the Etihad Stadium.

The two clubs have already successfully negotiated once already this summer after brokering Gabriel Jesus's £45m transfer to the Emirates. And now, it seems Jesus could be joined by his former team-mate in north London as the Gunners begin discussions over a deal.

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The Athletic report that Arsenal are working on putting together a bid, with City ready to consider offers providing they meet their asking price. It is thought City want a fee in the region of £35million, which puts him within Arsenal's price range.

Technical director Edu Gaspar has already spent over £90m this summer on three signings but their spending appears to be far from over. And after it emerged they are set to miss out on Ajax star Lisandro Martinez to Manchester United, the Brazilian has moved on to target utility man Zinchenko.

Zinchenko, who arrived from FC Ufa in 2016 for £1m, has two years left to run on his current deal worth just £20,000-a-week, making him one of the lowest earners at the club. City were prepared to offer him a bumper pay rise but may now decide to cash in to make a tidy profit.

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The lure of more prominent role in the Arsenal first team and possibility of playing in his favoured role as a central midfielder could be too tempting to turn down for the 26-year-old, having started only 18 games in all competitions for the Premier League champions last season.

If the move goes through, the role of Arteta in discussions is likely to have been a key factor after the pair worked together at the Etihad when the Spaniard was Guardiola's assistant.

City have already brought in over £110m in player sales this summer through the departures of Jesus, Raheem Sterling and Romeo Lavia. And Zinchenko's exit is likely to make room for Guardiola to fund a deal for Brighton wing-back Marc Cucurella, who is rated at around £50m by his club.


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