Arsenal are looking to strengthen this summer with a number of new signings expected to walk through the doors at their London Colney training ground in the coming months.
As always with the Gunners in the transfer window, plenty of names have been subsequently touted with a move to the Emirates. The latest of those is Manchester City full-back Oleksandr Zinchenko.
The 25-year-old is a four-time Premier League winner, and with Mikel Arteta keen to add some much-needed experience to his side, he’s reportedly on the Gunners radar.
£30m signing impact
The Gunners could soon be handed a boost in their chase for Man City left-back Zinchenko this summer with the Cityzens reportedly closing in on a deal for Brighton star, Marc Cucurella.
The Spaniard has enjoyed a breakthrough season with the Seagulls and according to ElDesmarque, a bid of around £30 million would be needed to tempt the Seagulls into a sale. The report indicates that City are ‘very close’ to landing the player.
Guardiola explains Arteta decision
Pep Guardiola has already explained why Arteta is considering playing Zinchenko in the midfield. The Ukraine international has spent much of his time under Guardiola in defence. Nevertheless, speaking in April to Man City’s media team, he admitted that Zinchenko is actually a midfielder: “In the position that we have in the midfield, in the pockets as the attacking midfielder,” he said.
“That is his position, definitely. When we bought Oleks for £2million from Ukraine, he was a No.10 – a Phil Foden position, a creative player – but we didn’t have a left-back for many years.
“Fabian Delph adapted incredibly well in that position and Oleks as well. That’s happened because he is well-educated, he knows exactly what it means. He adapted and said: ‘Okay, what does the team need? I’m going to do it.'”
Arteta wants to sign Jesus’ teammate Zinchenko as a midfield option. That’s according to the Daily Mail, who say that the 25-year-old is viewed primarily as an asset to bolster the middle of the park who could be utilised at left-back when required.
The Gunners are reportedly considering the double swoop of Manchester City stars Gabriel Jesus and now Zinchenko. As previously reported, the Gunners will target two centre-forwards. football.london understands that City striker Jesus and Roma frontman Tammy Abraham are among the shortlisted profiles who could arrive at Emirates Stadium.