Arsenal are considering a swoop for a 2nd member of Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City squad ahead of the summer transfer window swinging open, according to reports.
The player in question? Oleksandr Zinchenko.
As per a report from Jack Gaughan of the Daily Mail, the Gunners have identified Ukrainian international Zinchenko as a potential opportunity on the market, aware that the club’s squad will require further depth ahead of a return to Europe in 2022/23.
Not only that, but it is also suggested that Mikel Arteta would consider making use of the 25-year-old’s talents in the middle of the park, rather than at left-back, where he generally lines out at present.
Arsenal’s boss, of course, is well aware of Zinchenko’s abilities, having overseen his early-career development whilst acting as the assistant to Pep Guardiola from 2016 to 2019.
Arsenal are considering a move for Oleksandr Zinchenko. Interesting to see if a bid is forthcoming and then whether Zinchenko wants a move away from Man City. Sounds like Arteta may view him as a midfielder.
— Jack Gaughan (@Jack_Gaughan) May 26, 2022
Word of Arsenal’s interest in Zinchenko comes with the north Londoners also widely expected to launch an assault for another member of the Premier League champions’ ranks over the coming weeks.
Gabriel Jesus is understood to have been placed atop the wishlist of Arteta and co. ahead of the summer, with Alexandre Lacazette primed to depart, and Nicolas Pepe likely to be close behind.
Jesus, for his part, has no doubt long seen the writing on the wall when it comes to his prospects moving forward in Manchester.
Not only have Man City added the talents of Erling Haaland to their frontline with a view to next season, but Argentine sensation Julian Alvarez, fresh off bagging six goals in his most recent appearance for River Plate, is too in line to add to Pep Guardiola’s options at centre forward.
🔴⚪🧙 ¡La noche mágica de @julianalvarezzz!
🔝 6⃣ goles para el triunfo de @RiverPlate y hacer historia en la CONMEBOL #Libertadores: igualó la marca como el futbolista que más goles hizo en un partido en la Copa.#GloriaEterna pic.twitter.com/lGAjKjmg09
— CONMEBOL Libertadores (@Libertadores) May 26, 2022