While Manchester City may have seen success in the Premier League again last season, winning their fourth title in the last five campaigns, the club is certainly not expected to stand still in the transfer market.
Etihad Stadium officials have already secured the double-edged sword of Julian Alvarez of River Plate and Erling Haaland of Borussia Dortmund, and are expected to refresh other areas of Pep Guardiola’s squad in the coming weeks.
One such area is in the defensive department, and new information this week has highlighted the club’s stance on two names who played an important role in various phases of last season.
According to Paul Hirst at The Times, Manchester City have told both Oleksandr Zinchenko and Nathan Ake that they are free to leave the club this summer should they receive a ‘reasonable‘offers for both players.
In the case of Oleksandr Zinchenko, it has been known for several days now that Mikel Arteta at Arsenal has some interest in the Ukrainian national team player and is a fan of the player’s ability to operate both at left back and in central midfield.
As for Nathan Ake, The Times reports that while the Dutch national team player is a popular member of Manchester City’s first team, manager Pep Guardiola recognizes that the center-back may want to leave to seek safer options in terms of playing time.
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Should Oleksandr Zinchenko leave Manchester City in the coming weeks, it is highly likely that the club will move on with their interest and admiration for Brighton’s left-back, Marc Cucurella – who is believed to be valued at more than £ 35 million from the south. coastal club.
A replacement for Nathan Ake may be more unlikely, although Manchester City are known to have a long list of players they keep an eye on at all positions, so a move later in the window – after priority positions are met – should not be ruled out .
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