Manchester City’s Oleksandr Zinchenko ‘touted’ with chance to team up with Ukraine compatriot Vitaliy Mykolenko at Everton, with Newcastle also linked with star left-back
- Oleksandr Zinchenko could be on his way out of the Etihad according to reports
- Everton and Newcastle have been offered the chance to sign him this summer
- The Ukrainian’s new chapter could see him play in midfield rather than defence
- Moving to Everton would mean teaming up with compatriot Vitaliy Mykolenko
Manchester City have reportedly offered Oleksandr Zinchenko to Everton and Newcastle, unsure about the Ukrainian’s long-term future at the Etihad.
Having already lured striker Erling Haaland from Borussia Dortmund this summer, the champions have now turned their attention to the left-back market and are linked with Brighton and Spain international Marc Cucurella.
A new left-back could spell the end for 25-year-old Zinchenko, who only managed 15 Premier League appearances last campaign – his lowest total for three seasons.
Oleksandr Zinchenko played 15 times during Manchester City’s Premier League title campaign
He became a trusted member of Pep Guardiola’s squad after signing for City for £1.8m in 2016
With his future at the club still in question, Manchester City have offered the Ukrainian to both Everton and Newcastle, according to The Athletic.
A move to either Premier League club could see a change of role for Zinchenko, who has predominately featured on the left of defence under Pep Guardiola.
Everton, having only just signed Zinchenko’s fellow countryman Vitaliy Mykolenko in January to replace left-back Lucas Digne, will mainly be focusing on midfield reinforcements.
Frank Lampard steered Everton to Premier League safety with 39-point finish in 16th place
Vitaliy Mykolenko joined Everton from Dynamo Kyiv in January to replace exiting Lucas Digne
Therefore, if Zinchenko were to arrive at Goodison Park, boss Frank Lampard may be more inclined to deploy him in midfield.
Both Zinchenko and Mykolenko have endured an emotional few months since Russia’s invasion of their homeland, and the Manchester City player may be tempted by a fresh start alongside his compatriot.
Meanwhile, Eddie Howe is preparing for a widely-expected spending spree at Newcastle, who are about to enjoy their first summer transfer window with the new Saudi owners.
Eddie Howe will expect plenty of financial support this summer from the new Saudi owners
Newcastle’s interest in Zinchenko at left-back depends on the club’s desire to sign Matt Targett permanently this summer, following his four month loan spell.
Arsenal too are reportedly considering a swoop for the Ukrainian international during the transfer window, keen on signing him alongside his Manchester City teammate Gabriel Jesus.
Gunners boss Mikel Arteta would see them as valuable additions to the squad, having worked closely with the pair during his time as Guardiola’s deputy in Manchester.
Much like Everton, Arsenal would predominantly deploy Zinchenko in midfield, although extra cover at left-back would not go amiss considering Kieran Tierney’s tendency for injury.
Zinchenko’s contract at the Etihad may be set to expire in 2024 but it seems an exit from Manchester City is edging closer this summer.