Arsenal pushing for Oleksandr Zinchenko move after Lisandro Martinez snub
Arsenal are exploring options at left-back, with Nuno Tavares set to leave the club this summer.
Among the possible options the Gunners have is Manchester City left-back Oleksandr Zinchenko, who has struggled for regular game time at the Etihad Stadium, according to Graeme Bailey.
As a result, Mikel Arteta's side have stepped up their interest in the Ukrainian, yet they face plenty of competition for his signature.
He has primarily played at left-back during his time at City, but he has often stated that he prefers playing in central midfield, just like he does for his country's national team. This is something that Arsenal might just be able to offer him.
Negotiations for the 25-year-old have progressed rapidly after they were beaten to Ajax's Lisandro Martinez by Manchester United, as the Argentine is capable of playing at centre-back, full-back and also in midfield.
With Tavares wanted by Marseille and a host of other clubs, Zinchenko's availability is being explored, along with that of Anderlecht left-back Sergio Gomez, according to David Ornstein.
Arsenal hope that Zinchenko's links with Arteta during the Spaniard's time at City will help the move happen, with several other Premier League clubs asking for his availability, including the likes of Chelsea, Newcastle United, and Wolves.
Additionally, Zinchenko is also wanted by AC Milan, Juventus, and Borussia Dortmund, who are all keeping tabs on his situation. A fee of around £30m would be needed to persuade City to sell him, with them being relatively light in defence, especially with Nathan Ake also set to leave for Chelsea and Benjamin Mendy still being unavailable.
Talks for Brighton's Marc Cucurella are ongoing, as the Spaniard is City's top target. However, if Zinchenko does leave, an additional replacement would be required. Hoffenheim's David Raum and Villarreal's Pau Torres are also seen as possible options, given they are left-sided defenders.