Arsenal close in on £35m swoop for Oleksandr Zinchenko

Arsenal close in on £35m swoop for Oleksandr Zinchenko

Manchester City defender Oleksander Zinchenko is expected to join Arsenal for around £35million at the start of next week after more positive talks on Saturday.

Personal terms are not expected to be a problem for the Ukraine international who will become Arsenal’s fifth summer signing and their second from City following the £45m arrival of Gabriel Jesus.

His departure will accelerate City’s bid for Brighton defender Marc Cucurella.

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta said: ‘We’re still hoping to improve the team and make a few more changes.’

Zinchenko has previously shown a hesitancy to leave the Etihad Stadium but is now ready to take his talents to north London.

The Ukraine international is hoping for more permanent game time after making just 15 appearances as City won the Premier League last season.

Sportsmail revealed Arsenal’s interest in May and he is valued at around £35m by City. The two clubs are now close to thrashing out a deal, with an announcement expected early next week.

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