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Exclusive – Manchester City are prepared to hear offers for left-back Oleksandr Zinchenko in January, but they do not want to remove the Ukrainian from the club.
The versatile Zinchenko was City’s first-choice left-back at the start of last season, but has since lost favor with Pep Guardiola. Benjamin Mendy is the preferred choice today and Guardiola has used both Joao Cancelo and Nathan Ake ahead of Zinchenko, who has managed just 12 minutes in the Premier League this season.
90min He has learned that Guardiola has had conversations with Zinchenko about his future, and has told him that he can stay and fight for his place if he wishes. However, he has made it clear that he is in the pecking order and is not guaranteed any first team football.
The 24-year-old is understood to be considering his options as a result. He turned down a £ 16 million move to the Wolves when he was in a similar position in 2018 and they remain interested, while Southampton, Leicester and West Ham have also probed City on a possible move.
There are also clubs across Europe willing to accept it. There is interest from Russia, where Zinchenko previously played, as well as from Italy, Spain and Germany.
A source close to the city said 90min: “The situation is that several clubs are very interested in Zinchenko and the club has released its price, and it is not discouraging anyone.
“He is a very talented player, and now it will be up to him whether he leaves or not, but he has seen his possibilities greatly limited this term and is now seriously considering his options.”
Zinchenko has made five appearances in all competitions this season and has made 73 in total for City since arriving from Russian Ufa in 2016. His contract runs until 2024, and if he is sold in January, City could make a ten- double the winnings of a player who signed for less than £ 2 million.