Arsenal are set to sign defender Oleksandr Zinchenko from Premier League champions Manchester City, after both clubs reached an ‘agreement in principle’.
The Ukrainian international had been a vital part of Pep Guardiola’s four-time Premier League winning squad, but has always held a desire to enjoy regular game time. But while Pep Guardiola largely utilised Zinchenko on the left side of defence, he has occupied a central midfield role for his country.
Zinchenko emerged as the next top target for the Gunners, who are set to make him their fifth signing of a very busy summer. The Gunners have already splashed the cash on deals for Gabriel Jesus, Fabio Vieira, Marquinhos and Matt Turner.
Arsenal had been moving quickly to try and capture Zinchenko’s signature and have now made a breakthrough in negotiations.
Manchester City will pocket the sum of £30 million plus an extra £2 million in add-ons from Zinchenko’s sale. The Ukrainian will undergo a medical this week, before putting pen to paper on a four-year contract that will see him remain at the Emirates until the summer of 2026.