Zin or out for Oleksandr?
OLEKSANDR Zinchenko would be open to a January transfer away from City, according to his agent.
The Ukrainian has played twice so far this season for the Blues after injuries to Benjamin Mendy and Fabian Delph, but was dropped for the Champions League tie at Hoffenheim in favour of centre-back Aymeric Laporte.
Over the summer, Zinchenko was strongly linked with a move away, but he opted to fight for his place at the Etihad.
However, he has more appearances for his national side than City this season and with game time clearly limited this season, he may now have decided to look elsewhere.
Adding fuel to the fire is comments from Zinchenko’s agent Alan Prudnikov, who has told Italian media that a move to Italy would interest his client.
Prudnikov also claims the ‘foundations’ of a deal were agreed with Napoli in the summer, but a fee couldn’t be reached between the club and City. Prudnikov reportedly told Radio Marte: “We are always open to proposals coming from Italy.
“Napoli showed interest both over the summer and the year before, but never managed to find an agreement with City. I met with [Napoli director Cristiano] Giuntoli and we laid down the foundations of a deal with Zinchenko, but the two clubs could not agree on a fee. We’d be ready to discuss it again, though.”
City may be reluctant to let Zinchenko leave permanently in January, but a loan move could suit both parties.