Arsenal are set for yet another busy summer transfer window as technical director Edu looks to end the club’s six-year UEFA Champions League hiatus.
The north London outfit splashed over £140million 12 months ago, with all six first-team additions aged 23 or under at the time of signing. Now, Mikel Arteta is keen to add some established pros to complement his talented young core.
“I think now we can be more flexible in the type of recruitment we do because obviously, we are the youngest squad in the league right now,” Arteta told SkySports earlier this year. “We have to be careful about what is the balance.
One experienced player that has been linked with a move to the Gunners in recent days is Manchester City star Oleksandr Zinchenko. Reports have suggested that Arteta is interested in bringing the Ukrainian international to the Emirates Stadium due to his versatility, given the player’s ability to play in midfield and at full-back.
Now, our sister title, The Manchester Evening News, have reported that City will have to convince Zinchenko he will play more regularly next season if they are to fend off interest from Arsenal. The 25-year-old played just 1047 minutes in the Premier League last term, with Portuguese international Joao Cancelo preferred at left-back.
The aforementioned report claims that Arteta is indeed a huge admirer of the former Shakhtar Donetsk man, who is keen to play on a more regular basis – an opportunity he would be afforded if he was to complete a move to the north Londoners. The Citizens are also not looking to sell Zinchenko, but manager Pep Guardiola is said to not want to stand in the way of players wishing to leave the Etihad.