Oleksandr Zinchenko ‘touted’ around Newcastle and Everton and more Man City transfer rumours
Oleksandr Zinchenko has been ‘touted’ around various Premier League clubs, such as Newcastle and Everton, according to an emerging report.
The left-back has played a crucial role in Manchester City’s sixth Premier League triumph. Especially on the final day, where Zinchenko came off the bench at half-time to change the game and kickstart a miraculous comeback against Aston Villa – even notching an assist of his own for Rodri’s equaliser.
However, according to the Athletic, his future at the club is still in the air amid interest from several Premier League clubs. One of them is Everton, who narrowly avoided relegation this season and are in desperate need of a rebuild to maintain their status next season.
Zinchenko – despite operating from full-back for the majority of his City career – can play in central midfield and that versatility is seen as a valuable asset by the Toffee’s. Arsenal have also been linked in recent weeks, with Eddie Howe’s Newcastle also now in the mix.
It’s unknown whether the Ukrainian would actually like to leave the club this summer, but if he does, there is certainly a whole host of clubs looking to attain his services.
Elsewhere, Chelsea are worried that City or Real Madrid could make a move to sign star right-back, Reece James. The Athletic’s report states Thomas Tuchel’s increased interest in PSG’s Achraf Hakimi has signalled worries from West London that the England international’s performances have attracted the attention of Europe’s elite.
Despite struggles to tie him down to a long-term contract, Chelsea are desperate to keep hold of James and want fresh terms to be agreed as soon as possible. A change of ownership at Stamford Bridge has slowed down these negotiations, but after the departures of Antonio Rüdiger and Andreas Christensen, the club will not want to lose another defender this summer.