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Arsenal working on deal with Man City defender Zinchenko

Arsenal are interested in Manchester City defender Oleksandr Zinchenko and are expected to formally bid for the player.

It is thought City would be open to doing business on Zinchenko if their valuation is met. The 25-year-old can cover a variety of positions, including left-back and central midfield.

Arsenal have been in the market for a left-sided defender and were trying to sign Manchester United bound Lisandro Martinez from Ajax.

City, meanwhile, want to bring in a left-back and remain interested in Brighton’s Marc Cucurella, as Sky Sports News revealed back in June.

Manchester United are in the closing stages of wrapping up an agreement with Ajax for Lisandro Martinez, with Arsenal having conceded defeat in their pursuit of the Argentina international.

The 24-year-old has stated his desire to reunite with Erik ten Hag and a deal in the region of £45m is being finalised.

If all progresses as smoothly as United would like, Martinez should link up with the squad on their pre-season tour of Australia.

Gabriel Jesus, who made the same move Zinchenko could do earlier this summer, scored 90 seconds into his first Arsenal outing as his double helped the Gunners to a 5-3 friendly victory over German second division side FC Nurnberg.

The Brazil striker came on at half-time in Germany with the Gunners 2-0 down – and made an immediate impact, scoring high in the net from Ainsley Maitland-Niles’ pass.

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