Arsenal and West Ham step up transfer interest in Manchester City’s Oleksandr Zinchenko

A fresh insight into the transfer race developing around Manchester City and Ukraine star Oleksandr Zinchenko has been provided.

Zinchenko has been on Manchester City’s books since back in 2016, but has only really become a regular feature for the Sky Blues in the last few campaigns.

He would feature 28 times for Manchester City during 2021/22, providing five assists along the way as City clinched yet another Premier League title.

However, with the summer transfer window now just days away, the future of the full-back, who is under contract at the Etihad until 2024, has been called into question.

Arsenal were the first side to be linked with Zinchenko, but fellow Premier League outfit West Ham have also been credited with an interest in the Ukrainian since.

Now, the Evening Standard have provided an update on Zinchenko on Monday. They report that Zinchenko had put discussions over his future on hold until now, with his full focus being on Ukraine’s push to qualify for the World Cup.

But after Ukraine were beaten by Wales on Sunday,  clubs are hoping to learn what the 25-year-old’s next move will be. The ES add that Man City are unlikely to stand in his way if he demands a move.

It is also believed that Arsenal are thought to be offering Zinchenko the chance to play more games in midfield, which makes sense given that the Gunners already have Kieran Tierney and Nuno Tavares as senior left-backs.

West Ham, on the other hand, are looking to provide competition for Aaron Creswell, suggesting he would largely be used as a left-back for the Hammers.

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