Arsenal have reportedly reached a full agreement to sign Manchester City left-back Oleksandr Zinchenko. The Ukrainian has agreed a four-year deal with the Gunners.
Despite the suspension of Benjamin Mendy due to a police charge, the left-back has struggled for game time last season under Pep Guardiola. However, he has done well when called upon by the manager.
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Joao Cancelo was the first choice at left-back last season. Oleksandr Zinchenko made only 15 appearances last season. Furthermore, Pep Guardiola is now trying to sign a new left-back. The Premier League champions are now in pursuit of Brighton’s Marc Cucurella. The defender wanted to leave the club in search of more game-time with his new club.
Many clubs including Arsenal were credited with interest. However, the interest cooled down. Although, the Gunners reignited their interest in the left-back. This is after Lisandro Martinez rejected them for Manchester United. Oleksandr Zincheko is now keen to reunite with Mikel Arteta. The Ukrainian worked with Arteta when he was the assistant manager at Manchester City.
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According to reports, the Gunners have finally agreed a fee for Zinchenko with Manchester City. The report also states that the left-back has agreed personal terms with the club. Arsenal will reportedly fork out an initial £30m to sign the 25-year-old. The fee is going to rise to £32m with performance-related add-ons that are achievable.
Zinchenko is going to have his medical with Arsenal. He could also then link up with Arteta’s squad for the rest of the pre-season in the USA. Arteta is attracted to Zinchenko’s versatility. The 25-year-old often plays in the heart of midfield during international matches for Ukraine. He will be a marquee signing for the club.
Oleksandr Zincheko is set to leave Manchester City after scoring two goals and 12 assists in 172 appearances in all competitions. He provided five assists in 28 matches last season. The left-back is now set to get more game time at Arsenal than he got at Manchester City
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