Arsenal working on deal to sign versatile Martinez replacement from Manchester City

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Arsenal are working on a deal to sign Oleksandr Zinchenko from Manchester City, The Atheltic understands.

Having already recruited Gabriel Jesus from the Premier League champions this summer, the North London side are now also aiming to bring his former team-mate to the Emirates Stadium.

The clubs are in contact over a potential transfer and it is believed that City are open to sanctioning the 25-year-old’s sale if their valuation is met.

That has not happened so far but talks continue, with Arsenal thought to be prioritising Zinchenko after missing out on Ajax’s Lisandro Martinez.

If an agreement can be reached with City on a fee and the Ukraine international over personal terms, Arsenal would be acquiring a player with whom manager Mikel Arteta has been keen to reunite.

They worked together when Arteta was assistant to City boss Pep Guardiola at the Etihad Stadium and are known to maintain a strong relationship.

Zinchenko arrived from Russia side FC Ufa in 2016 and has two years left on his contract.

Although he tends to operate in midfield for his country, Zinchenko has mainly been used by Guardiola at left-back. While that is a specific area of the pitch where Arsenal have been looking to strengthen, his versatility is certain to appeal.

Zinchenko has enjoyed huge success at City; winning the English top-flight four times and likewise the League Cup. He has lifted one FA Cup and played in the 2021 Champions League final.

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