Arsenal increase interest in Oleksandr Zinchenko as Man City decide to keep Nathan Ake

The 25year-old can operate as a full-back, win-win, central and attacking player, and the tactical similarities between Arteta and Guardiola means he is accustomed to Arsenal’s desired style of play.

Although a deal has not been finalized there is optimism that Arsenal will be able to land Zinchenko as talks progress. City will only sell if their valuation – believed to be more than £30m – is met.

Arsenal have already heavily ed heavily this summer, spending a combined invest £85m on Jesus, player Fabio Vieira, goalkeeper Matt Turner and winger Marquinhos.

The arrival of Zinchenko, or another left-back, would hasten the likely departure of Nuno Tavares, who is a loan target for a number of clubs in Europe.

Another Arsenal player who has caught the attention of European clubs is centre-back Gabriel Magalhaes, who is thought to be of interest to Juventus.

Telegraph Sport understands there has been no formal approach to the player from the Italian giants, however, and it would require an enormous fee to even tempt Arsenal into selling one of their most consistent performers.

Gabriel has three years remaining on his current deal, meaning that Arsenal are in a strong position in any negotiations.

The likes of Bernd Leno, who is of interest to Fulham, and Lucas Torreira, who is wanted by Valencia and clubs in Italy, are also expected to leave Arsenal in the coming weeks.


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