ARSENAL are confident of securing Oleksandr Zinchenko as their fifth signing of the summer after agreeing a £30million fee with Manchester City.
And the arrival of the versatile Ukraine international could end their interest in Leicester midfielder Youri Tielemans.
Technical director Edu is currently working to finalise personal terms and contract details with 25-year-old Zinchenko.
The player still wants to know what role he would play at Arsenal and does not want to move if he is only going to be unused as an understudy to left-back Kieran Tierney.
But manager Mikel Arteta believes Zinchenko could also play in central midfield, which is an area of the pitch which has become a cause for concern in recent weeks.
His arrival would take Arsenal’s summer spending to £115million following the signings of Gabriel Jesus, Fabio Vieira, Marquinhos and Matt Turner.
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And though Arteta remains keen on Belgian international Tielemans, Zinchenko’s arrival would leave him with a glut of central midfielders including Granit Xhaka, Thomas Partey, Mo Elneny, Albert Sambi Lokonga, Charlie Patino, Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Lucas Torreira.
The move would represent a massive profit for City, who paid just £1.6million when they bought Zinchenko from Russian minnows Ufa in 2016.
He has won four League titles as well as four League Cups and the FA Cup during his time at the Etihad and has played 52 times for the Ukraine national team.
But he has never been a regular first team starter for Pep Guardiola and is now at an age where he feels ready to play a leading role.
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It is believed that City will now press ahead with a move to snap up Spanish star Marc Cucurella from Brighton.
SunSport understands the Seagulls would demand around £50m in order to sell the 23-year-old.
The Amex Stadium outfit are in no rush to sell Cucurella, who still has four years left on his contract.
He only arrived from Getafe last year, but showed his class from his 35 Premier League outings in his debut season.
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