Arsenal has entered into negotiations with local rival Manchester City, the English Premier League champions, to obtain the services of Ukrainian international fullback Oleksandr Zinchenko, according to sports website “The Athletic”.
After receiving the services of Brazilian striker Gabriel Jesus from Spanish coach Pep Guardiola, Arsenal are trying to make up for the lack of inclusion of Argentine defender Lisandro Martinez, who is about to sign his transfer from Ajax to Manchester United, by Zinchenko to include.
And the “Athletic” website reported that Arsenal and City are in negotiations to complete the 25-year-old’s transfer to the “Gunners”, although he is still linked to the Premier League champions in the next two seasons until 2024. .
Arsenal’s other Spanish coach Mikel Arteta is a big fan of Zinchenko, especially having worked with him when he was his compatriot Guardiola’s first assistant at City.
Zinchenko arrived at Russia’s FC Ufa’s Etihad Stadium in 2016, helping the team win the Premier League title four times in the past five seasons, in addition to winning the English Cup once and the League Cup four times, and his arrival with the “Citizens” to the final of the Champions League in 2021, for the first time in the club’s history.
In addition to the inclusion of Gabriel Jesus, Arsenal also strengthened its ranks with Portuguese attacking midfielder Fabio Vieira from Benfica, Brazilian fullback Marquinhos from Sao Paulo and American goalkeeper Matt Turner from New England, while French defender William Saliba and Spanish back Hector Bellerin returned to him after the period ended and loaned them to Marseille and Real Betis respectively.
Arsenal finished in fifth place last season, just two points behind the last fourth qualifier for the Champions League, and will therefore participate in the European League “European League” next season.