Zin or out for Oleksandr?

Manchester Evening News - - SPORT - By JOE BRAY

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.

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