Oleksandr Zinchenko: Arsenal working on a deal for Man City defender and are expected to make a bid

Oleksandr Zinchenko: Arsenal working on a deal for Man City defender and are expected to make a bid

Zinchenko has won four Premier League titles with Manchester City but only made 15 league appearances last season; Arsenal have already signed Gabriel Jesus from Pep Guardiola's side this summer; the Gunners accepted defeat in their attempts to sign Ajax's Lisandro Martinez

Arsenal is interested in Manchester City defender Oleksandr Zinchenko and is expected to formally bid for the player.

It is thought City would be open to doing business on Zinchenko if their valuation is met. The 25-year-old can cover a variety of positions, including left-back and central midfield.

Arsenal has been in the market for a left-sided defender and was trying to sign Manchester United bound Lisandro Martinez from Ajax.

City, meanwhile, wants to bring in a left-back and remain interested in Brighton's Marc Cucurella, as Sky Sports News revealed back in June.

The 23-year-old enjoyed a hugely successful first season in the Premier League after joining from Getafe in a deal worth around £15m last summer.

Brighton does not want to let Cucurella leave and it would take a huge offer for them to sell given he has four years remaining on his contract at the Amex.

Sky Sports football journalist Sam Blitz:

"Mikel Arteta has been looking at additions at left-back and central midfield in this summer transfer window. The Gunners wanted Ajax's Lisandro Martinez, who has experience in playing in both positions as well as center-half, but now looks destined for Manchester United. Leicester City's Youri Tielemans has also been looked at but that interest has cooled in recent weeks.

"There is the reason why the Arsenal manager needs support in that role. At left-back, Kieran Tierney has picked up long-term injuries in the last two seasons at crucial moments and while Nuno Tavares was signed as cover last summer, the young Portuguese full-back struggled in the big moments and ended up behind Cedric Soares and Granit Xhaka in the left-back pecking order come to the end of the season.

"In midfield, Xhaka is a mainstay in Arteta's team but there is little competition for his specific role. Thomas Partey, Mohamed Elneny, and Albert Sambi Lokonga all compete for the same position at the base of Arsenal's midfield, leaving Xhaka to a number 8 role.

"Should he play in midfield, a role he undertakes regularly at the international level, Zinchenko would compete with Xhaka at Arsenal - and a closer look at their respective heatmaps last season shows that the two play in the same area of the pitch, even though the Ukrainian played at left-back and the Arsenal man operated from midfield.

"On the ball, Zinchenko's passing statistics are superior to Xhaka's - but that is to be expected given Guardiola's City keeps the ball and uses it better than Arsenal. Zinchenko and City defended a lot less than Arsenal last summer, but the Ukrainian international's defensive stats still trump Xhaka's. Zinchenko won more tackles, interceptions, and challenges in the air than the Swiss midfielder - a reminder that the two players operate in roughly the same area of the pitch."

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